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adjective, raw路er, raw路est.
a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.
unrefined sugar, oil, etc.
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Idioms about raw

    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 hr膿aw, hr牵w; cognate with Dutch rauw,German roh; akin to Latin cr奴dus raw (see crude), cruor blood, Greek kr茅as raw flesh

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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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What does raw mean?

Raw describes something that hasn鈥檛 been cooked, as in The butcher put a pile of raw meat on the table.

Raw can also describe something that hasn鈥檛 been processed or refined, as in Raw cotton must be cleaned of plant parts before it can be made into thread or fabric.聽

Raw also refers to skin that was painfully removed, as in The uncomfortable pants rubbed my knees raw.聽

As well, raw can refer to someone who lacks experience or training, as in The rookie detective was too raw to be of any help to the veteran investigator.聽

Raw is rarely used as a noun. It is sometimes used in the idiom in the raw, meaning a natural, unprocessed state or, more informally, referring to something done while naked.

Example: The diners became very ill after eating chicken that was more raw that cooked.

Where does raw come from?

The first records of raw come before 1000. It comes from the Old English hr膿aw. It is related to the Greek kr茅as, meaning 鈥渞aw flesh.鈥

Many foods are fine to eat without cooking them. Fruits and vegetables can often be eaten raw, that is, straight off a tree or from the ground. Meat, on the other hand, can be dangerous when eaten raw, because it often contains bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli, which can cause serious food poisoning. While, it鈥檚 possible to eat fresh meat raw if certain precautions are taken, it鈥檚 highly recommended to properly cook meat to kill any harmful bacteria.

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What are some other forms related to raw?

  • rawish (adjective)
  • rawishness (noun)
  • rawly (adverb)
  • rawness (noun)

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How is raw used in real life?

Raw is a very common word, usually used to describe uncooked food.

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The chef thoroughly grilled the beef until it was raw.

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British Dictionary definitions for raw

/ (r蓴藧) /

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 of raw

rawish, adjectiverawly, adverbrawness, noun

Word Origin for raw

Old English hreaw; related to Old High German hrao, Old Norse hr膩r raw, Latin cruor thick blood, Greek kreas meat
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