Meaning of RAW in English


I. ˈrȯ adjective

( raw·er ˈrȯ(-ə)r ; raw·est ˈrȯ-əst)

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hrēaw; akin to Old High German hrō raw, Latin crudus raw, cruor blood, Greek kreas flesh

Date: before 12th century

1. : not cooked



(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



(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


a. : lacking experience or understanding : green

a raw recruit


(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

Synonyms: see rude

• raw·ly adverb

• raw·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1823

: a raw place or state

- in the raw

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.