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 rawly
Stewart and Colbert had to deliver the slap and the smack as speedily and as rawly as possible.
This was when I had nearly reached the rawly ripe age of sixteen.Buckskin Mose|Buckskin Mose
"I've rawly heard of thee," quoth the royal punster, who sought by such atrocities of speech to be acclaimed a wit.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series|Rafael Sabatini
He followed the tracks they'd made going in and saw the six buffalo carcasses, rawly naked already freezing.The Lost Wagon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for rawly
- informal without clothes; naked
- in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw
Word Origin for raw
Word Origin and History for rawly
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 rawly
Idioms and Phrases with rawly
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
- raw deal
- in the altogether (raw)