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raw

adjective \ ˈrȯ \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of raw

rawer play \ˈrȯ(-ə)r\; rawest play \ˈrȯ-əst\
1 :not cooked
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 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 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 :disagreeably damp or cold
  • a raw winter day

rawly

adverb

rawness

noun

Examples of raw in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of raw

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

raw Synonyms

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

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raw

noun

Definition of raw

:a raw place or state
in the raw
1 :in a natural, unrefined, or crude state
2 :naked
  • slept in the raw

Examples of raw in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of raw from the Web

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First Known Use of raw

1823



RAW Defined for English Language Learners

raw

adjective

Definition of raw for English Language Learners

  • : not cooked

  • : in a natural state : not treated or prepared

  • : not yet organized or changed in any way


RAW Defined for Kids

raw

adjective \ ˈrȯ \

Definition of raw for Students

rawer; rawest
1 :not cooked
  • raw fish
2 :having the skin scraped or roughened
  • She had raw red hands.
3 :being in or nearly in the natural state :not treated or prepared
  • raw sewage
4 :not trained or experienced
  • raw recruits
5 :unpleasantly damp or cold
  • a raw day
6 :lacking a normal or usual finish
  • the raw edge of a seam

rawness

noun


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