- 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.
- in the raw,
- in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.
- Informal.in the nude; naked: sunbathing in the raw.
Origin of raw
SynonymsSee more synonyms for raw on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for raw
Raw eel seemed to be popular during and after the Middle Ages.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
The script would be used as more than just raw material, but would need to be fudged.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
The raw materials— tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold—were dubbed “conflict minerals.”Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
But the raw believability of, say, Magnum photography has been done for.
But there was a lot of raw violence in the humor of the time.
If milk of this kind must be used, some raw food should be given with it.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Closer to her than the hospital was life in the raw that night.
It was December then, gray and raw, with a wet snow that changed to rain as it fell.
Most of these are raw boys, who know all that can be learned of war on a cricket field.In the Midst of Alarms
I should have judged that you were a raw recruit in the camp of the enemy.Night and Morning, Complete
- (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
- informalwithout clothes; naked
- in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw
Word Origin and History for raw
Old English hreaw "uncooked, raw," from Proto-Germanic *khrawaz (cf. Old Norse hrar, Danish raa, Old Saxon hra, Middle Dutch rau, Dutch rauw, Old High German hrawer, German roh), from PIE root *kreue- (1) "raw flesh" (cf. Sanskrit kravih "raw flesh," krura- "bloody, raw, hard;" Greek kreas "flesh;" Latin crudus "not cooked," cruor "thick blood;" Old Irish cru, Lithuanian kraujas, Old Church Slavonic kruvi "blood;" Old English hrot "thick fluid, serum").
Meaning "tender, sore" is from late 14c.; of persons, "inexperienced" from 1560s; of weather, "damp and chilly" first recorded 1540s. Related: Rawly; rawness. Raw material is from 1796, with sense of "in a rudimental condition, unfinished." Phrase in the raw "naked" (1921) is from the raw "exposed flesh," attested from 1823. Raw deal "harsh treatment" attested by 1893.
- Having subcutaneous tissue exposed.
- Inflamed; sore.
Idioms and Phrases with raw
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
- raw deal
- in the altogether (raw)