Definition of "raw" []

  • Uncooked: raw meat. (adjective)
  • Being in a natural condition; not processed or refined: raw wool. See Synonyms at crude. (adjective)
  • Not finished, covered, or coated: raw wood. See Synonyms at rude. (adjective)
  • Not having been subjected to adjustment, treatment, or analysis: raw data; the raw cost of production. (adjective)
  • Untrained and inexperienced: raw recruits. (adjective)
  • (of food) not cooked (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • In an unfinished, natural, or unrefined state; not treated by manufacturing or other processes (adjective)
  • (of an edge of material) unhemmed; liable to fray (adjective)
  • (of the skin, a wound, etc) having the surface exposed or abraded, esp painfully (adjective)
  • Ignorant, inexperienced, or immature (adjective)
  • Not selected or modified (adjective)
  • Frank or realistic (adjective)
  • (of spirits) undiluted (adjective)
  • Coarse, vulgar, or obscene (adjective)
  • Recently done; fresh (adjective)
  • (of the weather) harshly cold and damp (adjective)
  • Unfair; unjust (esp in the phrase a raw deal) (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "raw" in a sentence
  • "V. ii.119 (330,9) and yet but raw neither in respect of his quick sail] [W: but slow] I believe _raw_ to be the right word; it is a word of great latitude; _raw_ signifies _unripe, immature_, thence _unformed, imperfect, unskilful_."
  • ""The Washington Post" reports about what it calls raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed and unreported in this election so far."
  • "Next in declining order of healing effectiveness is what I call a raw food healing diet or cleansing diet."