[ raw ]
/ rɔ /
adjective, raw·er, raw·est.
uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture: raw cotton.
unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, by removal of the skin or natural integument.
painfully open, as a sore or wound.
crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor.
ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.
brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal; receiving raw treatment from his friends.
disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.
not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey.
unprocessed or unevaluated: raw data.
a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.
unrefined sugar, oil, etc.
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- in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.
- Informal. in the nude; naked: sunbathing in the raw.
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
SYNONYMS FOR raw
ANTONYMS FOR raw
raw·ish, adjectiveraw·ish·ness, nounraw·ly, adverbraw·ness, noun
half-raw, adjectivesem·i·raw, adjectivesem·i·raw·ly, adverbsem·i·raw·ness, noun
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
/ (rɔː) /
(of food) not cookedraw onion
(prenominal) in an unfinished, natural, or unrefined state; not treated by manufacturing or other processesraw materials for making steel; raw brick
(of an edge of material) unhemmed; liable to fray
(of the skin, a wound, etc) having the surface exposed or abraded, esp painfully
ignorant, inexperienced, or immaturea raw recruit
(prenominal) not selected or modifiedraw statistics
frank or realistica raw picture of the breakdown of a marriage
(of spirits) undiluted
mainly US coarse, vulgar, or obscene
mainly US recently done; freshraw paintwork
(of the weather) harshly cold and damp
informal unfair; unjust (esp in the phrase a raw deal)
the raw British informal a sensitive pointhis criticism touched me on the raw
in the raw
- informal without clothes; naked
- in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw
Derived Formsrawish, 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
[ rô ]
Having subcutaneous tissue exposed.
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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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
- raw deal
- in the altogether (raw)
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