untanned skin of cattle or other animals.
a rope or whip made of rawhide.

verb (used with object), raw·hid·ed, raw·hid·ing.

to whip with a rawhide.

Origin of rawhide

First recorded in 1650–60; raw + hide2
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Examples from the Web for rawhide

Historical Examples of rawhide

  • He gave an impression of dry dinginess, like rawhide, and his eyes were mean and shifty.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • As he rode, Rathburn took his rawhide lariat from its place on the saddle.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • He had been writhing in his rawhide bonds, in a furious struggle to break loose.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • Then they put a handle on the grooved stone and fastened it with rawhide.

  • He covered the towers with rawhide to protect them from any kind of missile.

British Dictionary definitions for rawhide



untanned hide
a whip or rope made of strips cut from such a hide
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Word Origin and History for rawhide

"material cut from untanned skins of cattle," 1650s, from raw (adj.) + hide (n.1).

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