raw·​hide | \ ˈrȯ-ˌhīd How to pronounce rawhide (audio) \

Definition of rawhide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a whip of untanned hide
2 : untanned cattle skin


rawhided; rawhiding

Definition of rawhide (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to whip or drive with or as if with a rawhide

Examples of rawhide in a Sentence

Verb a strict disciplinarian, the rancher would rawhide his disobedient sons until they were black and blue
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Items needed are Purina dog food (wet/dry, unopened), cat/kitten food (wet/dry, any brand, unopened), cat/dog treats (no rawhide), and cat litter. courant.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Gibson filters what the larger world might imagine as traditional Indigenous aesthetics — beading and weaving, rawhide and fringe — through his thoroughly contemporary experience as a gay artist. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Made without rawhide and instead with real vegetables and chicken, DreamBone says its advent calendar chews are easy to digest and helpful for maintaining healthy teeth on your pups. Nina Huang, PEOPLE.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The Jaguars survived a midseason stretch of cancellations and has been knocking the rawhide off the ball. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 Roll out a rawhide area rug to instantly add a rich texture to any room. Jennifer Miko, Chron, 22 May 2021 The originals, which many people still use today, were wood and rawhide. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2021 The Athabascan tribe of the northwest and the Algonquins of the Great Lakes region experimented and perfected the iconic rawhide lacing. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 Rovell wants Broderick’s signature on a baseball — and not just any rawhide. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Also in that particular drawer: dog biscuits, rawhide chews — and the pristine bunny. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021 The unplugged, pastoral side to baseball, with its hickory bats, Kentucky bluegrass, rawhide, and western Pennsylvania dirt, isn’t going away. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2021 Queenie had eschewed chew toys and rawhide and Greenies, deciding instead that nothing was more satisfying than Daddy’s computer cables. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, 17 Nov. 2020 After six months of being whipped once a week with sticks and rawhide thongs — arbitrary punishment was used to stunt a slave’s dangerous sense of personhood — Douglass fought his tormentor. George Will, National Review, 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rawhide


1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rawhide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rawhide. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rawhide

: the skin of a cow before it has been prepared or made into leather


raw·​hide | \ ˈrȯ-ˌhīd How to pronounce rawhide (audio) \

Kids Definition of rawhide

: cattle skin before it has been made into leather

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