[ raw ]
/ rɔ /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR raw
2 unprepared, rough, makeshift.
OPPOSITES FOR raw
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Idioms about raw
- 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
synonym study for raw
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM raw
rawish, adjectiveraw·ish·ness, nounrawly, adverbrawness, noun
half-raw, adjectivesem·i·raw, adjectivesem·i·raw·ly, adverbsem·i·raw·ness, noun
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How to use raw in a sentence
But, as Billboard put it, their golden age “faded with the rise of rawer hip-hop sub-genres like crunk and snap.”How Pharrell Williams Finally Made It to the Top|Justin Jones|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As it advanced the sky grew more threatening, the wind rawer, the cold keener, and the rain cut like little bits of sharp ice.The Call of the Canyon|Zane Grey
He looked bigger and rawer than ever in white flannel, and he didn't seem in the least worried about his bet.Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan
It was even colder than the night before, and the raw east wind was rawer, and with it all there was a drizzling rain.The Voyage of the Rattletrap|Hayden Carruth
No new settlement in the American West has a rawer or more recent appearance.Capitals of the Northlands|Ian C. Hannah
He was propped in a heavy chair with cushions about him, and he, too, had grown thinner and rawer of joint.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of rawrawish, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with raw
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
- raw deal
- in the altogether (raw)
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