- The definition of raw is uncooked, in natural condition or not processed.
An example of something raw is a piece of uncooked steak.
- Raw is a slang term that is defined as unprotected sex.
An example of raw used as an adjective is the phrase "raw making love" which means having sex without a condom or birth control.
Three raw steaks.
- not cooked
- in its natural condition; not changed by art, dilution, manufacture, aging, etc.: raw wool, raw whiskey
- not processed, edited, interpreted, etc.: raw data
- not yet processed, cleaned, etc. as by chemical treatment; untreated: raw sewage
- inexperienced; not yet developed or trained: a raw recruit
- with the skin rubbed or torn off; sore and inflamed: a raw cut
- uncomfortably cold and damp; bleak: a raw wind
- brutal or coarse in frankness
- indecent; bawdy
- Informal harsh or unfair: a raw deal
Origin of rawMiddle English rawe ; from Old English hreaw, akin to German roh ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kreu-, clotted blood, bloody flesh from source Classical Latin crusta, literally , congealed blood: see crude, cruel
in the raw
- in the natural state; without cultivation, refinement, etc.
- ☆ naked; nude
- a. Uncooked: raw meat.b. Being in a natural condition; not processed or refined: raw wool.c. Not finished, covered, or coated: raw wood.d. Not having been subjected to adjustment, treatment, or analysis: raw data; the raw cost of production.e. Undeveloped or unused: raw land.f. Recently finished; fresh: raw plaster.
- Inexperienced or untrained: a raw youth; raw recruits.
- a. Having subcutaneous tissue exposed: a raw wound.b. Inflamed; sore: a raw throat.
- Unpleasantly damp and chilly: raw weather.
- a. Powerfully impressive; stark: raw beauty; raw talent.b. Direct in description and explicit in realistic detail: the film's raw depiction of urban poverty.c. Crude, vulgar, or coarse: raw language.
- Nude; naked: was standing there raw.
- a. Engaged in without the protection of a condom.b. Done in a rough or unrestrained manner. Used of sex.
Origin of rawMiddle English, from Old English hrēaw; see kreu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative rawer, superlative rawest)
- Of food: not cooked. [from 9th c.]
- Not treated or processed (of materials, products etc.); in a natural state, unrefined, unprocessed. [from 10th c.]
- raw cane sugar
- raw sewage
- Having had the skin removed or abraded; chafed, tender; exposed, lacerated. [from 14th c.]
- a raw wound
- New or inexperienced. [from 16th c.]
- a raw beginner
- Crude in quality; rough, uneven, unsophisticated. [from 16th c.]
- a raw voice
- Of data, statistics etc: uncorrected, without analysis. [from 20th c.]
- Of weather: unpleasantly damp or cold.
- a raw wind
- (slang) Without a condom.
- We did it raw.
- (sugar refining, sugar trade) An unprocessed sugar; a batch of such.
- Rwa, RWA
From Middle English raw, rau, from Old English hrēaw (“raw, uncooked”), from Proto-Germanic *hrawaz, *hrēwaz (“raw”), from Proto-Indo-European *krewa-, *kreuh₂ (“raw meat, fresh blood”). Cognate with Scots raw (“raw”), Dutch rauw (“raw”), German roh (“raw”), Swedish rå (“raw”), Icelandic hrár (“raw”), Latin crūdus (“raw, bloody, uncooked”), Irish cró (“blood”), Lithuanian kraujas (“blood”), Russian кровь (krovʹ, “blood”). Related also to Old English hrēow, hrēoh (“rough, fierce, wild, angry, disturbed, troubled, sad, stormy, tempestuous”). More at ree.