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raunchy jokes
▪ Bette Midler came up with a typically raunchy performance that delighted the audience.
▪ As schools get Internet access, they become responsible, like it or not, for keeping students off raunchy Web sites.
▪ How many girls can a 17-year-old with a raunchy guitar bed at one time?
▪ In the end the show went on far longer than we expected and was fairly raunchy.
▪ Some raunchy moments make it questionable for young kids, who will otherwise love it.
▪ There used to be some pretty raunchy characters come in this saloon.
▪ They rub each other up the wrong way, and yet end up having a raunchy scene in a motel room.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1939, "clumsy, careless, sloppy," U.S. Army Air Corps slang, of unknown origin. Origins among cadets in Texas suggest possible connection to Mexican Spanish rancho (see ranch (n.)), which had connotations of animal filth by 1864. Sense of "coarse, vulgar, smutty" is from 1967. Related: Raunchiness.


a. 1 Very low class; inferior; inadequate. 2 With dishonorable, base and vulgar expression. 3 Having socially unacceptable sexual behavior. 4 Sexually seductive.

  1. adj. earthy and sexually explicit; "a raunchy novel"

  2. suggestive of or tending to moral looseness; "lewd whisperings of a dirty old man"; "an indecent gesture"; "obscene telephone calls"; "salacious limericks" [syn: lewd, obscene, salacious]

  3. thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot; "a miner's begrimed face"; "dingy linen"; "grimy hands"; "grubby little fingers"; "a grungy kitchen" [syn: begrimed, dingy, grimy, grubby, grungy]

  4. [also: raunchiest, raunchier]

Raunchy (band)

Raunchy is a metal band from Denmark, formed in 1994. They have released six studio albums, and are currently signed to Massacre Records.

Raunchy (instrumental)

"Raunchy" is an instrumental by the American rock and roll artist Bill Justis, co-written by Sidney Manker and produced by Sam Phillips. From the album Cloud 9, the song was released as a single in September 23, 1957 from the record label Phillips International Records, a sub-label of Sun Records.


Raunchy may refer to:

  • Raunchy (instrumental), a 1957 song
  • Raunchy (band), a metal band

Usage examples of "raunchy".

Even raunchy jokes embarrassed him, never mind sleazy amourettes in hotels.

You bet I remember raunchy little underbred Esther Graver with that hot mouth and her foolish hopes.

He tried hard, but he could not think of a single reason why prim, straitlaced Amaryllis Lark would want to spend the evening at one of the raunchiest syn-sex strip clubs in town.

Fellatio, cunnilingus, homosexuality, lesbianism, sodomy, bondage, flagellation, all were meticulously displayed, as were some aspects of the sex act that made even the raunchier performances at the Thrill Show look mundane by comparison.

After a short stroll in the park and an early movierated R for raunchy, some godawful rendition of a worse bestseller, that bound itself somehow in Dan's mind with his real-life situation, so that he kept half-expecting the crab-machine to appear on screenhe bought Wanda burgers and beer at one of the classier drive-ins, after which they moved on to what the newspapers called a swinging singles bar.

The raunchy rebel is matter-of-factly said to have helped safeguard free speech for all Americans.

The club was called The Outlook, and attracted men who were prepared to take a walk on the wilder side of life, partly because the activities that took place beyond the dancefloor were apt to get a little raunchy, and partly because the pub was situated at the edge of South London's largest and most trouble-ridden public housing estate.

If Raunchy had become mercuric sulfide, Hellfire was closer to fulminate of mercury: handle with extreme caution.

There was a raunchy strip club in nearby New Windsor called the Bed Room, but they'd promised they'd stay at the hotel.

There was a raunchy strip club in nearby New Windsor called The Bed Room, but they'd promised to stay at the hotel.

Just to feed him a mixture of water, iodine, pepper oil, ipecac root, and some slightly raunchy mayonnaise we had pilfered from yesterday's breakfast and let sit out in the sun?

Anyone seeking more raunchy action must cross the Causeway to Johore, where Singaporean businessmen are said to sometimes go to indulge in a little of the down and dirty.

Varian brought up incidents from veterinary school, equally raunchy, and Kai let them know that geologists had their own brand of humor.