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 rawest
It is the rawest example yet of our 2013, Twitter-loving, insta-pundit, mountain-out-of-a-molehill media culture.
But the oldest Christian amongst them needed the exhortation as much as the rawest recruit in the ranks.
For instance, not even the rawest tenderfoot would expect “One-eyed Pete” to turn out to be a parson.The Late Tenant|Louis Tracy
The officer in charge of them turned to one of the rawest of his men.Funny Stories Told By The Soldiers|Carleton B. Case
They were about the rawest lot of recruits the sergeant had ever tackled.Anecdotes of the Great War|Carleton Britton Case
The ranks are filled by conscription in Spain, and when the men first arrive at Havana they are the rawest recruits imaginable.Due South or Cuba Past and Present|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for rawest
- informal without clothes; naked
- in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw
Word Origin for raw
Word Origin and History for rawest
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 rawest
Idioms and Phrases with rawest
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
- raw deal
- in the altogether (raw)