Synonyms and Antonyms of raw

  1. 1 not cooked you should wash your hands after handling raw chicken Synonyms of raw uncooked Words Related to raw unheated; rare; half-baked, underdone Near Antonyms of raw well-done; overdone; baked, boiled, braised, broiled, fried, grilled, heated, roasted, sautéed (also sauteed); burned (or burnt), charred, scorched Antonyms of raw cooked

  2. 2 being such as found in nature and not altered by processing or refining raw sugar is honey-colored because the crystals retain cane juices, minerals, and other impurities that haven't been refined out Synonyms of raw native, natural, crude, rude, undressed, unprocessed, unrefined, untreatedWords Related to raw undeveloped; rough-hewn, semifinished, unfinished, unpolished; uncooked; impure, unfilteredNear Antonyms of raw filtered, pure, purifiedAntonyms of raw dressed, processed, refined, treated

  3. 3 lacking in adult experience or maturity recruiters like to say the military turns raw youths into responsible men and women Synonyms of raw adolescent, green, immature, inexperienced, juvenile, puerile, callow, unfledged, unformed, unripe, unripenedWords Related to raw babyish, childish, infantile, infantilized, infantine; boyish, girlish, juvenescent, kiddish, young, youngish, youthful; maidenly, virginal; ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), tender; unknowing, unseasoned, unsophisticated, untrained, untriedNear Antonyms of raw advanced, precocious; knowing, savvy, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wiseAntonyms of raw adult, experienced, grown-up, mature, ripe

  4. 4 marked by wet and windy conditions the day of the funeral was one of those bleak, blustery, raw winter days that was as gloomy as our spirits Synonyms of raw bleak, dirty, inclement, nasty, foul, rough, squally, stormy, tempestuous, turbulentWords Related to raw blowy, blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, windblown, windswept; cloudy, overcast, sunless; rainy, snowy; foggy, hazy, misty, murky, soupyNear Antonyms of raw rainless; balmy, calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, pleasant, sereneAntonyms of raw bright, clear, clement, cloudless, fair, sunny, sunshiny, unclouded

  5. 5 uncomfortably cool evenings in those mountains, even during the summer, tend to be a little raw Synonyms of raw bitter, bleak, chill, chilling, nipping, nippy, chilly, sharpWords Related to raw bracing, brisk, crisp, invigorating, rigorous, snappy; arctic, bitter, cold, coolish, freezing, frigid, frosty, glacial, ice-cold, icy, numbing, polar, shivery, wintry (also wintery); subfreezing, subzero; frore, frosted, frozen, iced, refrigerated, unheatedNear Antonyms of raw balmy, warm; lukewarm, tepid; heated, warmed

  6. 6 causing intense discomfort to one's skin bundle up if you're going sailing, as there's a raw wind out there in the bay Synonyms of raw biting, bitter, keen, penetrating, piercing, cutting, sharp, shrewd, smarting, stingingWords Related to raw brisk, invigorating, nippy, snappy; needlelike, prickly, tingling; caustic, corrosiveNear Antonyms of raw balmy, gentle, mild, soothing

  7. 7 showing no signs of being under control a frightening display of raw anger Synonyms of raw abandoned, intemperate, rampant, runaway, unbounded, unbridled, unchecked, uncontrolled, unhampered, unhindered, unrestrainedWords Related to raw uncontrollable, ungovernable; barbaric, hog wild, riotous, uninhibited, wildNear Antonyms of raw moderate, temperedAntonyms of raw bridled, checked, constrained, controlled, curbed, governed, hampered, hindered, restrained, temperate

  8. 8 lacking or shed of clothing a private men's health club where it was common for men to swim raw Synonyms of raw au naturel, bare, bottomless, disrobed, mother-naked, nude, naked, starkers [chiefly British], stripped, unclad, unclothed, undressedWords Related to raw seminude, topless; denuded, peeled; unveiledNear Antonyms of raw covered, veiled; arrayed, caparisoned, decked (out), rigged (out), tricked (out); vested; decentAntonyms of raw appareled (or apparelled), attired, clad, clothed, dressed, garbed, invested, robed, suited

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



Synonyms and Antonyms of raw

  1. the state of having no clothes on one's body a secluded swimming hole where we could swim in the raw Synonyms of raw altogether, bareness, birthday suit, bottomlessness, buff, nakedness, nude, nudityWords Related to raw toplessness; naturism, nudism

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of very fine texture or delicate form

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