Three raw steaks.
- 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.
- 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 rau from Old English hrēaw ; see kreuə- 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.
From Middle English raw, rau, from Old English hrÄ“aw (“raw, uncooked"), from Proto-Germanic *hrawaz, *hrÄ“waz (“raw"), from Proto-Indo-European *krewa-, *kreuhâ‚‚ (“raw meat, fresh blood"). Cognate with Scots raw (“raw"), Dutch rauw (“raw"), German roh (“raw"), Swedish rÃ¥ (“raw"), Icelandic hrÃ¡r (“raw"), Latin crÅ«dus (“raw, bloody, uncooked"), Irish crÃ³ (“blood"), Lithuanian kraujas (“blood"), Russian ÐºÑ€Ð¾Ð²ÑŒ (krovÊ¹, “blood"). Related also to Old English hrÄ“ow, hrÄ“oh (“rough, fierce, wild, angry, disturbed, troubled, sad, stormy, tempestuous"). More at ree.