raw

[ raw ]
/ rɔ /

adjective, raw·er, raw·est.

noun

a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.
unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

Idioms

    in the raw,
    1. in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.
    2. Informal. in the nude; naked: sunbathing in the raw.

Origin of raw

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hrēaw, hrǣw; cognate with Dutch rauw, German roh; akin to Latin crūdus raw (see crude), cruor blood, Greek kréas raw flesh

Related forms

Synonym study

2. Raw, crude, rude refer to something not in a finished or highly refined state. Raw applies particularly to material not yet changed by a process, by manufacture, or by preparation for consumption: raw cotton; raw leather. Crude refers to that which still needs refining: crude petroleum. Rude refers to what is still in a condition of rough simplicity or in a makeshift or roughly made form: rude agricultural implements; the rude bridge that arched the flood.
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British Dictionary definitions for in the raw

raw

/ (rɔː) /

adjective

noun

the raw British informal a sensitive pointhis criticism touched me on the raw
in the raw
  1. informal without clothes; naked
  2. in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw

Derived Forms

rawish, adjectiverawly, adverbrawness, noun

Word Origin for raw

Old English hreaw; related to Old High German hrao, Old Norse hrār raw, Latin cruor thick blood, Greek kreas meat
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Medicine definitions for in the raw

raw

[ rô ]

adj.

Having subcutaneous tissue exposed.
Inflamed; sore.
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Idioms and Phrases with in the raw (1 of 2)

in the raw


see in the altogether.

Idioms and Phrases with in the raw (2 of 2)

raw


In addition to the idiom beginning with raw

  • raw deal

also see:

  • in the altogether (raw)
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