Meaning of RAW in English


— rawish , adj. — rawishness , n. — rawly , adv. — rawness , n.

/raw/ , adj., rawer, rawest , n.


1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.

2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture: raw cotton.

3. unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, by removal of the skin or natural integument.

4. painfully open, as a sore or wound.

5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor.

6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

8. brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal; receiving raw treatment from his friends.

9. disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.

10. not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey.

11. unprocessed or unevaluated: raw data.


12. a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.

13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

14. in the raw ,

a. in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.

b. Informal. in the nude; naked: sunbathing in the raw.

[ bef. 1000; ME; OE hreaw, hraew; c. D rauw, G roh; akin to L crudus raw (see CRUDE), cruor blood, Gk kréas raw flesh ]

Syn. 2. unprepared, rough, makeshift. RAW, CRUDE, RUDE refer to something not in a finished or highly refined state. RAW applies particularly to material not yet changed by a process, by manufacture, or by preparation for consumption: raw cotton; raw leather. CRUDE refers to that which still needs refining: crude petroleum. RUDE refers to what is still in a condition of rough simplicity or in a makeshift or roughly made form: rude agricultural implements; the rude bridge that arched the flood. 6. undisciplined, green, unskilled, unpracticed. 9. cold, wet. 10. straight, neat.

Ant. 1. cooked.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .