adjective \ˈr\

: not cooked

: in a natural state : not treated or prepared

: not yet organized or changed in any way

raw·er \ˈr(-ə)r\ raw·est \ˈr-əst\

Full Definition of RAW

:  not cooked
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>
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>
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>
:  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



Definition of RAW

:  a raw place or state
in the raw
:  in a natural, unrefined, or crude state
:  naked <slept in the raw>

Examples of RAW

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

First Known Use of RAW

RAWNESS Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈr\

Definition of RAW for Kids

:  not cooked <raw fish>
:  having the skin scraped or roughened <She had raw red hands.>
:  being in or nearly in the natural state :  not treated or prepared <raw sewage>
:  not trained or experienced <raw recruits>
:  unpleasantly damp or cold <a raw day>
:  lacking a normal or usual finish <the raw edge of a seam>
raw·ness noun


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