Meaning of RAW in English


adj. & n.


1. (of food) uncooked.

2 in the natural state; not processed or manufactured (raw sewage).

3 (of alcoholic spirit) undiluted.

4 (of statistics etc.) not analysed or processed.

5 (of a person) inexperienced, untrained; new to an activity (raw recruits).

6 a stripped of skin; having the flesh exposed. b sensitive to the touch from having the flesh exposed.

7 (of the atmosphere, day, etc.) chilly and damp.

8 crude in artistic quality; lacking finish.

9 (of the edge of cloth) without hem or selvage.

10 (of silk) as reeled from cocoons.

11 (of grain) unmalted.

--n. a raw place on a person's or horse's body.

Phrases and idioms:

come the raw prawn Austral. sl. attempt to deceive. in the raw

1. in its natural state without mitigation (life in the raw).

2 naked. raw-boned gaunt and bony. raw deal harsh or unfair treatment. raw material that from which the process of manufacture makes products. raw sienna a brownish-yellow ferruginous earth used as a pigment. raw umber umber in its natural state, dark yellow in colour. touch on the raw upset (a person) on a sensitive matter.


rawish adj. rawly adv. rawness n.

Etymology: OE hreaw f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.