Meaning of RAW in English

RAW

/ rɔː; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

FOOD

1.

not cooked :

raw meat

These fish are often eaten raw.

MATERIALS

2.

[ usually before noun ] in its natural state; not yet changed, used or made into sth else :

raw sugar

INFORMATION

3.

[ usually before noun ] not yet organized into a form in which it can be easily used or understood :

This information is only raw data and will need further analysis.

EMOTIONS / QUALITIES

4.

[ usually before noun ] powerful and natural; not controlled or trained :

songs full of raw emotion

He started with nothing but raw talent and determination.

PART OF BODY

5.

red and painful because the skin has been damaged :

There were raw patches on her feet where the shoes had rubbed.

➡ note at painful

PERSON

6.

[ usually before noun ] new to a job or an activity and therefore without experience or skill :

a raw beginner

raw recruits (= for example, in the army)

WEATHER

7.

very cold :

a raw north wind

It had been a wet raw winter.

DESCRIPTION

8.

honest, direct and sometimes shocking :

a raw portrayal of working-class life

( NAmE )

raw language (= containing many sexual details)

►  raw·ness noun [ U ]

IDIOMS

- a raw deal

■ noun

IDIOMS

- catch / touch sb on the raw

- in the raw

—more at nerve noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English hrēaw , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rauw and German roh , from an Indo-European root shared by Greek kreas raw flesh.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.