adjective, raw·er, raw·est.
- in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.
- Informal. in the nude; naked: sunbathing in the raw.
Origin of raw
Examples from the Web for raw
Raw eel seemed to be popular during and after the Middle Ages.
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’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The raw materials— tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold—were dubbed “conflict minerals.”Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there was a lot of raw violence in the humor of the time.
But the raw believability of, say, Magnum photography has been done for.
Simmer for five minutes, then add two pounds of shelled peas, six small raw French carrots and one dozen raw fresh asparagus tips.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
The ordinary course of our present existence gives us a sensibility like that of a raw wound, aware of the least breath.Letters of a Soldier|Anonymous
He grew suddenly aware of this enveloping shroud of sand—as the raw material of bodily expression: Form.Four Weird Tales|Algernon Blackwood
Begin, if raw stock, by washing and rinsing thoroughly in order to remove all natural grease and dirt adhering to the fibre.The Practical Ostrich Feather Dyer|Alexander Paul
Raw nut butter gives a fine flavor to this pure, cook it with the potatoes and use less or no cream.The Laurel Health Cookery|Evora Bucknum Perkins
British Dictionary definitions for raw
- informal without clothes; naked
- in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw
Word Origin for 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.
Medicine definitions for raw
Idioms and Phrases with raw
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
- raw deal
- in the altogether (raw)