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Dictionary Definition

raw adj
1 (used especially of commodities) in the natural unprocessed condition; "natural yogurt"; "natural produce"; "raw wool"; "raw sugar"; "bales of rude cotton" [syn: natural, raw(a), rude(a)]
2 having the surface exposed and painful; "a raw wound"
3 not treated with heat to prepare it for eating [ant: cooked]
4 not processed or refined; "raw sewage"
5 devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure; "naked ambition"; "raw fury"; "you may kill someone someday with your raw power" [syn: naked]
6 brutally unfair or harsh; "received raw treatment from his friends"; "a raw deal"
7 not processed or subjected to analysis; "raw data"; "the raw cost of production"; "only the crude vital statistics" [syn: crude]
8 untempered and unrefined; "raw talent"; "raw beauty"
9 unpleasantly cold and damp; "bleak winds of the North Atlantic" [syn: bleak, cutting]
10 inflamed and painful; "his throat was raw"; "had a sore throat" [syn: sore]
11 used of wood and furniture; "raw wood" [syn: raw(a), unsanded]
12 lacking training or experience; "the new men were eager to fight"; "raw recruits"; "he was still wet behind the ears when he shipped as a hand on a merchant vessel" [syn: new, wet behind the ears(p)]
13 (used informally) completely unclothed [syn: bare-assed, bare-ass, in the altogether, in the buff, in the raw, peeled, naked as a jaybird, stark naked] n : informal terms for nakedness; "in the raw"; "in the altogether"; "in his birthday suit" [syn: altogether, birthday suit]

User Contributed Dictionary



hreaw, cognate with Old High German rao, Old Norse hrár.



  • roar (non-rhotic accents)


  1. Not cooked.
  2. Not treated or processed.
    raw cane sugar
    raw sewage
  3. New or inexperienced.
    a raw beginner
  4. chafed, tender, or irritated.
    a raw wound
  5. rough or uneven.
    a raw voice
  6. without a condom
    We did it raw.




Extensive Definition

Raw describes a material that is in its natural unprocessed form, or has not had the final stages of processing. For example, raw food refers to food that has not been cooked, and raw silk is the term for unprocessed silk. Raw also has symbolic meaning. See Claude Lévi-Strauss's The Raw and the Cooked
RAW or raw may also refer to:

Entertainment and literature




raw in German: Raw
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raw in Italian: RAW
raw in Dutch: Raw
raw in Japanese: RAW
raw in Portuguese: RAW
raw in Finnish: Raw
raw in Swedish: RAW

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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