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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for raw

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The entire episode is one long monologue, a raw, brutally honest dissection of their twisted relationship. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 Instead, eat veggies raw, or steam, blanch or roast them until just crisp-tender, then top with a little olive oil. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 2018 Keep all raw meats, poultry and seafood separated from ready-to-eat foods such as fruits, vegetables, cheese and desserts. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Sun and food safety tips for the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 The key is to bring it to a full, rolling boil to destroy any bacteria from the raw meat. Justin Ward, San Antonio Express-News, "Does marinating meat overnight really make a difference?," 3 July 2018 Trump has successfully used the platform to speak in a direct, unfiltered way to the public and to throw raw meat to his base. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "A year after 'covfefe': Twitter is Trump's greatest tool," 30 May 2018 To him, the tactile nature of the Les Paul, its raw, soul-channeling power, remains his creative outlet. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fall of Gibson: Where have all the guitar heroes gone?," 7 May 2018 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

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'raw.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about raw

Dictionary Entries near raw

ravishing

ravison

ravison oil

raw

Rawalpindi

raw bar

rawbone

Statistics for raw

Last Updated

20 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for raw

The first known use of raw was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for raw

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on raw

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with raw

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for raw

Spanish Central: Translation of raw

Nglish: Translation of raw for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of raw for Arabic Speakers

Comments on raw

What made you want to look up raw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!