Meaning of RAW in English


I. raw 1 W3 /rɔː $ rɒː/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: hreaw ]

1 . FOOD not cooked:

raw meat

grated raw carrots

Cabbage can be eaten raw.

2 . SUBSTANCES raw substances are in a natural state and not treated or prepared for use ⇨ refined :

raw silk

In its raw state, cocoa is very bitter.

Raw sewage had been dumped in the river.

The cost of our raw materials has risen significantly.

3 . INFORMATION raw information is collected but not organized, examined, or developed:

software to convert raw data into usable information

His time here provided the raw material for his novel.

Warhol used everyday items as the raw ingredients of his art.

4 . EMOTIONS raw feelings are strong and natural, but not fully controlled:

raw passion

Linda didn’t want to see Roy while her emotions were still raw.

It took raw courage to admit she was wrong.

5 . BODY if a part of your body is raw, the skin there is red and painful:

The skin on my feet was rubbed raw.

6 . INEXPERIENCED not experienced or not fully trained:

Most of our soldiers are raw recruits.

7 . touch/hit a raw nerve to upset someone by something you say:

Seeing his face, Joanne realized she’d touched a raw nerve.

8 . raw deal unfair treatment:

Customers are getting a raw deal and are rightly angry.

9 . WEATHER very cold:

She shivered in the raw morning air.

10 . ART music, art, language etc that is raw is simple, direct, and powerful, but not fully developed:

Her voice has a raw poetic beauty.

His early sketches are raw and unpretentious.

11 . raw talent someone with raw talent is naturally good at something, but has not developed their ability yet:

He has the raw talent to become a star.

12 . raw edge the edge of a piece of material before it has been sewn:

Turn over the raw edges and stitch.

—rawness noun [uncountable]

II. raw 2 BrE AmE noun

1 . in the raw

a) seen in a way that does not hide cruelty and violence:

He went on the streets to experience life in the raw.

It was my first exposure to India in the raw.

b) informal not wearing any clothes SYN in the nude :

sunbathing in the raw

2 . catch/touch somebody on the raw British English to say or do something that upsets someone:

She flinched, caught on the raw by his question.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.