raw

adjective
\ ˈrȯ \
rawer\ ˈrȯ(-​ə)r \; rawest\ ˈrȯ-​əst \

Definition of raw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not cooked
2a(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
3a(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
4a : 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

raw

noun

Definition of raw (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from raw

Adjective

rawly adverb
rawness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for raw

Synonyms: Adjective

uncooked

Synonyms: Noun

altogether, bareness, birthday suit, bottomlessness, buff, nakedness, nude, nudity

Antonyms: Adjective

cooked

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Adjective

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

Examples of raw in a Sentence

Adjective

He entered the raw data into a spreadsheet. The shoes rubbed my heels raw. His throat was raw from the cold air.

Noun

a secluded swimming hole where we could swim in the raw
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The singer-songwriter has walked the red carpet in a dress made of raw meat. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Kicks Off Enigma Residency in Las Vegas With a Giant Robot," 30 Dec. 2018 Right now, our hearts are big and raw and sore from the absence of him, and my memories block out the reality of most days bringing choking sobs every night. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Radio Host Delilah Opens Up About Losing Her Teenage Son to Suicide In New Memoir," 22 Oct. 2018 Jonny Barrett emerged as a raw talent, coerced by classmate Cale Millen to play football. Matt Massey, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s like telepathy’: Receiver Jonny Barrett’s connection with QB Cale Millen has Mount Si thinking big," 27 Aug. 2018 Croatia’s fatigue factor, plus France’s raw talent — the defensive pairing of Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane give Les Blues an advantage — make France the safer pick. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 The friendly debate started in 2014, with raw talent Javier Baez hitting majestic home runs and executing dazzling defensive plays while the decorated and steady Kris Bryant displayed his array of tools that delighted new-age evaluators. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' Javier Baez blossoms into a star on Kris Bryant's level," 12 July 2018 Some never find a structure that turns their raw talent into something cohesive. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Trophy Window Suddenly Shrinks for Belgium's Golden Generation," 10 July 2018 Fruits and vegetables should be stored separately from raw meats, poultry, and seafood, which also have a higher risk of contamination. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Cyclospora? Parasite Linked to Del Monte Vegetables Has Sickened More Than 200," 10 July 2018 Patterson, who remained on the field with Brady, Julian Edelman and a couple others to get extra work for about 10 minutes after Wednesday’s practice, still has tremendous upside bolstered by raw talent. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "First-round castoff Cordarrelle Patterson could be Patriots' new secret weapon," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cartons of raw shelled eggs and tofu at improper temperature. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: Handwashing a problem at six eateries," 9 May 2018 The Peanut Barn buys raw shelled peanuts to cook and flavor or grind into paste for its handcrafted and popular Natural Peanut Butter. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "'Buy local' food programs deceive consumers and are rarely enforced, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds," 2 Mar. 2018 Or the movie that’s making viewers pass out, like that cannibal horror film Raw. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Jennifer Lawrence’s Boyfriend, Darron Aronofsky, Doesn’t Understand Her Housewives Obsession," 9 Aug. 2017 Or the movie that’s making viewers pass out, like that cannibal horror film Raw. Kenzie Bryant, vanityfair.com, "Jennifer Lawrence’s Boyfriend, Darren Aronofsky, Doesn’t Understand Her Housewives Obsession," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of raw

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raw

Adjective

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

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raw

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of raw

: not cooked

: in a natural state : not treated or prepared

: not yet organized or changed in any way

raw

adjective
\ ˈrȯ \
rawer; rawest

Kids Definition of raw

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

Other Words from raw

rawness noun

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