in the raw


adjective, rawer, rawest.
uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture: raw cotton.
unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, by removal of the skin or natural integument.
painfully open, as a sore or wound.
crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor.
ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.
brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal; receiving raw treatment from his friends.
disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.
not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey.
unprocessed or unevaluated: raw data.
a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.
unrefined sugar, oil, etc.
in the raw,
in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.
Informal. in the nude; naked: sunbathing in the raw.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hrēaw, hrǣw; cognate with Dutch rauw, German roh; akin to Latin crūdus raw (see crude), cruor blood, Greek kréas raw flesh

rawish, adjective
rawishness, noun
rawly, adverb
rawness, noun
half-raw, adjective
semiraw, adjective
semirawly, adverb
semirawness, noun

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.

1. cooked. Unabridged
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raw (rɔː)
1.  (of food) not cooked: raw onion
2.  (prenominal) in an unfinished, natural, or unrefined state; not treated by manufacturing or other processes: raw materials for making steel; raw brick
3.  (of an edge of material) unhemmed; liable to fray
4.  (of the skin, a wound, etc) having the surface exposed or abraded, esp painfully
5.  ignorant, inexperienced, or immature: a raw recruit
6.  (prenominal) not selected or modified: raw statistics
7.  frank or realistic: a raw picture of the breakdown of a marriage
8.  (of spirits) undiluted
9.  chiefly (US) coarse, vulgar, or obscene
10.  chiefly (US) recently done; fresh: raw paintwork
11.  (of the weather) harshly cold and damp
12.  informal unfair; unjust (esp in the phrase a raw deal)
13.  informal (Brit) the raw a sensitive point: his criticism touched me on the raw
14.  in the raw
 a.  informal without clothes; naked
 b.  in a natural or unmodified state: life in the raw
[Old English hreaw; related to Old High German hrao, Old Norse hrār raw, Latin cruor thick blood, Greek kreas meat]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hreaw "uncooked, raw," from P.Gmc. *khrawaz (cf. O.N. hrar, M.Du. rau, O.H.G. hrawer, Ger. roh), from PIE base *krowos "congealed, bloody" (cf. Skt. kravih "raw flesh," krura- "bloody, raw, hard;" Gk. kreas "flesh;" L. crudus "not cooked," cruor "thick blood;" O.Ir. cru, Lith. kraujas, O.C.S. kruvi
"blood;" O.E. hrot "thick fluid, serum"). Meaning "tender, sore" is from c.1390; of persons, "inexperienced" from 1561; "damp and chilly" first recorded 1546. Rawhide is first attested 1658; raw material is from 1796. Phrase in the raw "naked" (1933) is from the raw "exposed flesh," attested from 1823. Raw deal "harsh treatment" first attested 1912.
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raw (rô)
adj. raw·er, raw·est

  1. Having subcutaneous tissue exposed.

  2. Inflamed; sore.

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in the raw

see in the altogether.

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