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 (rôn′chē, rän′-)
adj. raun·chi·er, raun·chi·est Slang
1. Obscene, lewd, or vulgar: a raunchy joke.
2. Grimy; unkempt: a raunchy closet full of dirty socks.
3. Uninhibited. Used of sex.

[Origin unknown.]

raun′chi·ly adv.
raun′chi·ness n.
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