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 rawness
But Slutever, with its rawness, honesty, and self-deprecating humor, was something different.Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism?|Lizzie Crocker|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now I think that many are beginning to experience the rawness of the trauma, emptiness, and loss.
There was a rawness and impolitic honesty to his shows, many of which could make your heart weep.Louis Vuitton, Chanel, McQueen Cap Paris Spring 2013 Fashion Week Shows|Robin Givhan|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For the first time, she really tasted the rawness, the exhaustion, and the exhilaration of the family business.
There was light enough, with the lengthening days, to see plainly the rawness of the world.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
He adverted to these causes—they were, the rawness of the troops, and the superiority of the Indians as marksmen.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
The greyness and rawness of their environment are not touched upon.Australian Writers|Desmond Byrne
An uncommon chill, a rawness of atmosphere foretold the change.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
You may speak of its rawness and intemperateness—but it is not yet old and wise enough to be acquiescent.Thoughts Out of Season (Part II)|Friedrich Nietzsche
British Dictionary definitions for rawness
- informal without clothes; naked
- in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw
Word Origin for raw
Word Origin and History for rawness
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 rawness
Idioms and Phrases with rawness
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
- raw deal
- in the altogether (raw)