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raw

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adjective \ˈrȯ\

Simple Definition of raw

  • : not cooked

  • : in a natural state : not treated or prepared

  • : not yet organized or changed in any way

Full Definition of raw

raw·er play \ˈrȯ(-ə)r\ raw·est play \ˈrȯ-əst\

  1. 1 :  not cooked

  2. 2 a (1) :  being in or nearly in the natural state :  not processed or purified <raw fibers> <raw sewage> (2) :  not diluted or blended <raw spirits> b :  unprepared or imperfectly prepared for use c :  not being in polished, finished, or processed form <raw data> <a raw draft of a thesis>

  3. 3 a (1) :  having the surface abraded or chafed (2) :  very irritated <a raw sore throat> b :  lacking covering :  naked c :  not protected :  susceptible to hurt <raw emotions>

  4. 4 a :  lacking experience or understanding :  green <a raw recruit> b (1) :  marked by absence of refinements (2) :  vulgar, coarse <raw language> c :  not tempered :  unbridled <raw power>

  5. 5 :  disagreeably damp or cold <a raw winter day>

raw·ly adverb
raw·ness noun

Examples of raw

  1. He entered the raw data into a spreadsheet.

  2. The shoes rubbed my heels raw.

  3. His throat was raw from the cold air.



Origin of raw

Middle English, from Old English hrēaw; akin to Old High German hrō raw, Latin crudus raw, cruor blood, Greek kreas flesh


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of raw

rude, rough, crude, raw mean lacking in social refinement. rude implies ignorance of or indifference to good form; it may suggest intentional discourtesy <rude behavior>. rough is likely to stress lack of polish and gentleness <rough manners>. crude may apply to thought or behavior limited to the gross, the obvious, or the primitive <a crude joke>. raw suggests being untested, inexperienced, or unfinished <turning raw youths into polished performers>.

Rhymes with raw


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raw

noun

Definition of raw

  1. :  a raw place or state

in the raw
  1. 1 :  in a natural, unrefined, or crude state

  2. 2 :  naked <slept in the raw>



Examples of raw

  1. <a secluded swimming hole where we could swim in the raw>



1823

First Known Use of raw

1823




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