raunchy

Something raunchy is dirty in one sense or another: it's either literally covered in dirt or suggesting dirty sexual situations.

Raunchy started off as Army Air Corps slang for something sloppy in 1939. But by the 60's the word had grown to imply another kind of dirtiness: the vulgar, sexual kind. So these days it's safe to assume that a raunchy movie, for example, is full of foul language, obscenities, and graphic sex scenes. And in case you're wondering, an R-rated movie is much more likely to be raunchy than a G movie.

Definitions of raunchy
  1. adjective
    earthy and sexually explicit
    “a raunchy novel”
    Synonyms:
    sexy
    marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest
  2. adjective
    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
    synonyms: lewd, obscene, salacious
    dirty
    (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency
  3. adjective
    thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
    synonyms: begrimed, dingy, grimy, grubby, grungy
    dirty, soiled, unclean
    soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
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