from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Uncooked: raw meat.
  • adj. Being in a natural condition; not processed or refined: raw wool. See Synonyms at crude.
  • adj. Not finished, covered, or coated: raw wood. See Synonyms at rude.
  • adj. Not having been subjected to adjustment, treatment, or analysis: raw data; the raw cost of production.
  • adj. Untrained and inexperienced: raw recruits.
  • adj. Recently finished; fresh: raw plaster.
  • adj. Having subcutaneous tissue exposed: a raw wound.
  • adj. Inflamed; sore: a raw throat.
  • adj. Unpleasantly damp and chilly: raw weather.
  • adj. Cruel and unfair: a raw punishment.
  • adj. Outspoken; crude: a raw portrayal of truth.
  • adj. Powerfully impressive; stark: raw beauty; raw talent.
  • adj. Nude; naked.
  • idiom in the raw In a crude or unrefined state: nature in the raw.
  • idiom in the raw Nude; naked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of weather: unpleasantly damp or cold
  • adj. without a condom
  • n. An unprocessed sugar; a batch of such.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not altered from its natural state; not prepared by the action of heat;
  • adj. Hence: Unprepared for use or enjoyment; immature; unripe; unseasoned; inexperienced; unpracticed; untried
  • adj. Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by art; unwrought.
  • adj. Not distilled.
  • adj. Not spun or twisted.
  • adj. Not mixed or diluted.
  • adj. Not tried; not melted and strained.
  • adj. Not tanned.
  • adj. Not trimmed, covered, or folded under.
  • adj. Not covered; bare.
  • adj. Bald.
  • adj. Deprived of skin; galled.
  • adj. Sore, as if by being galled.
  • adj. Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; bleak.
  • n. A raw, sore, or galled place; a sensitive spot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Existing in the state of natural growth or formation; unchanged in constitution by subjection to heat or other alterative agency; uncooked, or chemically unaltered: as, raw meat, fish, oysters, etc.; most fruits are eaten raw; raw medicinal substances; raw (that is, unburnt) umber.
  • In an unchanged condition as regards some process of fabrication; unwrought or unmanufactured.
  • In a rudimental condition; crude in quality or state; primitively or coarsely constituted; unfinished; untempered; coarse; rough; harsh.
  • Harshly sharp or chilly, as the weather; bleak, especially from cold moisture; characterized by chilly dampness.
  • Crude or rude from want of experience, skill, or reflection; of immature character or quality; awkward; untrained; unfledged; illinstructed or ill-considered: said of persons and their actions or ideas.
  • Looking like raw meat, as from lividness or removal of the skin; deprived or appearing destitute of the natural integument: as, a raw sore; a raw spot on a horse.
  • Feeling sore, as from abrasion of the skin; harshly painful; galled.
  • In ceramics, unbaked—that is, either fresh from the potters' wheel or the mold, or merely dried without the use of artificial heat.
  • Synonyms Raw, Crude. These words, the same in ultimate origin and in earlier meaning, have drawn somewhat apart. Raw continues to apply to food which is not yet cooked, as raw potatoes; but crude has lost that meaning. Raw is applied to material not yet manufactured, as cotton, silk; crude rather to that which is not refined, as petroleum, or matured, as a theory or an idea.
  • n. A raw article, material, or product.
  • n. A raw, galled, or sore place; an established sore, as on a horse; hence, soreness or sensitiveness of feeling or temper.
  • n. In botany, same as rag, 3 .
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of row.
  • n. An untrained mustang or cow-pony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not processed or subjected to analysis
  • adj. brutally unfair or harsh
  • adj. untempered and unrefined
  • n. informal terms for nakedness
  • adj. (used informally) completely unclothed
  • adj. devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure
  • adj. used of wood and furniture
  • adj. not treated with heat to prepare it for eating
  • adj. hurting
  • adj. lacking training or experience
  • adj. (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes
  • adj. having the surface exposed and painful
  • adj. not processed or refined
  • adj. unpleasantly cold and damp


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English hrēaw; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English raw, rau, from Old English hrēaw ("raw, uncooked"), from Proto-Germanic *hrawaz, *hrēwaz (“raw”), from Proto-Indo-European *krewa-, *kreuh₂ (“raw meat, fresh blood”). Cognate with Scots raw ("raw"), Dutch rauw ("raw"), German roh ("raw"), Swedish  ("raw"), Icelandic hrár ("raw"), Latin crūdus ("raw, bloody, uncooked"), Irish cró ("blood"), Albanian krupë ("disgust, vomit"), Lithuanian kraujas ("blood"), Russian кровь ("blood"). Related also to Old English hrēow, hrēoh ("rough, fierce, wild, angry, disturbed, troubled, sad, stormy, tempestuous"). More at ree.



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