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 Abrorizki Geraldy Aulia, the son of a ship’s captain, is part of the new generation that moves more than 80% of the world’s raw materials, parts and merchandise on commercial cargo fleets. Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2021 Rising inflation is triggering anxiety around the world as a surge in demand following the easing of Covid-19 lockdowns has been confronted by supply bottlenecks and rising prices of energy and raw materials. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Instead Eick is serving raw, tempura-fried and cooked freshwater eel, sablefish, shellfish and even fermented fish — some from Pacific waters and some flown in daily from Japan. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 Perhaps because Dylan never intended the public to hear them, these renditions are intimate, raw, and even joyous. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2021 Based on Stephanie Land’s best-selling memoir, the series is a raw, emotional, hopeful, and sometimes even humorous look at one mother’s determination to make a better life for her daughter. cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 Liz and Diane, still raw over Diane’s power play last week, are representing the girl’s family members, who are bringing a $5 million civil suit against the city of Chicago for excessive force. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021 If skateboarding is the punk rock sport of the Games, disruptive and not taking itself too seriously, then Oberholzer is its Iggy Pop — raw, wild and worn, someone who can talk and talk and talk. Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 If skateboarding is the punk rock sport of the Games, disruptive and not taking itself too seriously, then Oberholzer is its Iggy Pop — raw, wild and worn, someone who can talk and talk and talk. John Leicester, ajc, 31 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Raw beef stored above raw shelled eggs, crab and shrimp. Ebony Day, azcentral, 4 Mar. 2020 Several open pans of raw shelled eggs stored directly above ready-to-eat leafy greens in cooler. Ebony Day, azcentral, 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, 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, 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, 19 June 2019 Cartons of raw shelled eggs and tofu at improper temperature. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, 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, 2 Mar. 2018 Or the movie that’s making viewers pass out, like that cannibal horror film Raw. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw. Accessed 23 Oct. 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

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rawness noun

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