adjective, rawer, rawest.
uncooked, as articles of food:
a raw carrot.
not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture:
unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, by removal of the skin or natural integument.
painfully open, as a sore or wound.
crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste:
ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained:
a raw recruit.
brutally or grossly frank:
a raw portrayal of human passions.
brutally harsh or unfair:
a raw deal; receiving raw treatment from his friends.
disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air:
a raw, foggy day at the beach.
not diluted, as alcoholic spirits:
unprocessed or unevaluated:
a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.
unrefined sugar, oil, etc.
in the raw,
(of food) not cooked: raw onion
(prenominal) in an unfinished, natural, or unrefined state; not treated by manufacturing or other processes: raw materials for making steel, raw brick
(of an edge of material) unhemmed; liable to fray
(of the skin, a wound, etc) having the surface exposed or abraded, esp painfully
ignorant, inexperienced, or immature: a raw recruit
(prenominal) not selected or modified: raw statistics
frank or realistic: a raw picture of the breakdown of a marriage
(of spirits) undiluted
(mainly US) coarse, vulgar, or obscene
(mainly US) recently done; fresh: raw paintwork
(of the weather) harshly cold and damp
(informal) unfair; unjust (esp in the phrase a raw deal)
(Brit, informal) the raw, a sensitive point: his criticism touched me on the raw
in the raw
Old English hreaw “uncooked, raw,” from Proto-Germanic *khrawaz (cf. Old Norse hrar, Danish raa, Old Saxon hra, Middle Dutch rau, Dutch rauw, Old High German hrawer, German roh), from PIE root *kreue- (1) “raw flesh” (cf. Sanskrit kravih “raw flesh,” krura- “bloody, raw, hard;” Greek kreas “flesh;” Latin crudus “not cooked,” cruor “thick blood;” Old Irish cru, Lithuanian kraujas, Old Church Slavonic kruvi “blood;” Old English hrot “thick fluid, serum”).
Meaning “tender, sore” is from late 14c.; of persons, “inexperienced” from 1560s; of weather, “damp and chilly” first recorded 1540s. Related: Rawly; rawness. Raw material is from 1796, with sense of “in a rudimental condition, unfinished.” Phrase in the raw “naked” (1921) is from the raw “exposed flesh,” attested from 1823. Raw deal “harsh treatment” attested by 1893.
adj. raw·er, raw·est
In addition to the idiom beginning with raw
plural noun 1. textile fibers, as cotton or wool, or textile filaments, as silk or nylon, that have received no manipulation or treatment.
[raw] /rɔ/ adjective, rawer, rawest. 1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot. 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture: raw cotton. 3. unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, by removal of the skin or natural integument. 4. painfully open, as a sore or wound. 5. crude in quality […]
- Raw food
noun any uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods, esp. as eaten as a large percentage of the diet Examples The most popular raw food diet is a raw vegan diet. See raw food Word Origin 1904 Usage Note also raw food , adj.
- Raw foodism
noun See raw foodist