raw

adjective
\ ˈrȯ How to pronounce raw (audio) \
rawer\ ˈrȯ(-​ə)r How to pronounce raw (audio) \; rawest\ ˈrȯ-​əst How to pronounce raw (audio) \

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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Top the cheese with chicken tinga, cilantro, raw onions, and a spritz of lime before folding the whole thing into a taco and flipping it to finish cooking. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Trendy quesatacos, filled with chicken tinga, are crispy, juicy, messy, a little hot, and delicious," 4 May 2021 After watching his tape, Berry and Stefanski probably grew excited with pairing Hudson’s raw athleticism with offensive line coach Bill Callahan’s tutelage. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How DT Tommy Togiai and OT James Hudson III add to the Browns already stout fronts -- Film review," 4 May 2021 Menchaca said the timing of the fire was particularly difficult, with the pandemic limiting in-person gatherings and some parishioners’ feelings still raw from the police killing of George Floyd. Los Angeles Times, "Man accused of setting fire to San Gabriel Mission had conflicts with staff, sources say," 4 May 2021 Back when the operation began, and the attacks of Sept. 11 were still a raw national trauma, the Marine general in charge could not always answer the reporters’ questions. New York Times, "Recalling the First Guantánamo Detainees," 3 May 2021 Fans of the fast-casual eatery that specializes in the Hawaiian delicacy of marinated raw tuna need not fear: The Poke House will operate out of the same location as a ghost kitchen. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Big Brother’ star Memphis Garrett adds Fort Lauderdale cocktail parlor to his eats empire," 3 May 2021 Cincinnati’s James Hudson is a raw, but talented offensive line prospect. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "2021 NFL draft superlatives: Best pick, biggest reach, most surprising move and more," 3 May 2021 Higher raw-material costs and supply-chain bottlenecks are among the problems for manufacturers. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "For China’s Small Businesses, Life Is Still Far From Normal," 2 May 2021 His raw power is a plus, but his over-aggressiveness sacrifices balance. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft: Best remaining prospects (final day)," 1 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Raw beef stored above raw shelled eggs, crab and shrimp. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sauce containers reused at tables among violations found in Phoenix-area restaurant inspections," 4 Mar. 2020 Several open pans of raw shelled eggs stored directly above ready-to-eat leafy greens in cooler. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sky Harbor Airport restaurant has 4 violations on this week’s restaurant inspections," 15 Jan. 2020 Employee cracked a raw shelled egg with gloved hands then handled a clean plate and kitchen utensils without washing hands between tasks. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sliders prepared with bare hands among violations in Phoenix-area restaurant inspections," 25 Dec. 2019 Tim RoneyGetty Images Her 1995 raw, ragey, best-selling album, Jagged Little Pill, spoke to a generation—and inspired a musical of the same name, opening on Broadway this month. Alanis Morissette, Marie Claire, "Alanis Morissette Wants Men to "Wake Up From Their Trance of Patriarchy"," 8 Nov. 2019 Cooked rice, dosa batter, Biryani, sauces, chicken, shredded cabbage, milk, yogurt and raw shelled eggs not kept cold enough. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sauce kept in home improvement store bucket among violations on this week's restaurant inspection list," 19 June 2019 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

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

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6 May 2021

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“Raw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce raw (audio) \
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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