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Definitions of raw

  1. informal terms for nakedness; " in the raw"; " in the altogether"; " in his birthday suit"
  2. ( used informally) completely unclothed
  3. unpleasantly cold and damp; " bleak winds of the North Atlantic"
  4. not processed or subjected to analysis; " raw data"; " the raw cost of production"; " only the crude vital statistics"
  5. devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure; " naked ambition"; " raw fury"; " you may kill someone someday with your raw power"
  6. lacking training or experience; " the new men were eager to fight"; " raw recruits"; " he was still wet behind the ears when he shipped as a hand on a merchant vessel"
  7. not processed or refined; " raw sewage"
  8. not treated with heat to prepare it for eating
  9. brutally unfair or harsh; " received raw treatment from his friends"; " a raw deal"
  10. inflamed and painful; " his throat was raw"; " had a sore throat"
  11. having the surface exposed and painful; " a raw wound"
  12. untempered and unrefined; " raw talent"; " raw beauty"
  13. ( used especially of commodities) in the natural unprocessed condition; " natural yogurt"; " natural produce"; " raw wool"; " raw sugar"; " bales of rude cotton"
  14. used of wood and furniture; " raw wood"
  15. not cooked
  16. Not altered from its natural state; not prepared by the action of heat; as, raw sienna; specifically, not cooked; not changed by heat to a state suitable for eating; not done; as, raw meat.
  17. Hence: Unprepared for use or enjoyment; immature; unripe; unseasoned; inexperienced; unpracticed; untried; as, raw soldiers; a raw recruit.
  18. Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by art; unwrought.
  19. Not distilled; as, raw water
  20. Not spun or twisted; as, raw silk or cotton
  21. Not mixed or diluted; as, raw spirits
  22. Not tried; not melted and strained; as, raw tallow
  23. Not tanned; as, raw hides
  24. Not trimmed, covered, or folded under; as, the raw edge of a piece of metal or of cloth.
  25. Not covered; bare.
  26. Bald.
  27. Deprived of skin; galled; as, a raw sore.
  28. Sore, as if by being galled.
  29. Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; bleak; as, a raw wind.
  30. A raw, sore, or galled place; a sensitive spot; as, to touch one on the raw.
  31. Uncooked; without whole skin; as, a raw spot; in the natural state; unprepared; as, raw silk; crude; inexperienced; unpracticed, as, raw judgment; raw troops; cold and damps; as, raw weather.
  32. A sore spot.
  33. Rawly.
  34. Rawness.
  35. Not altered from its natural state: not cooked or dressed: not prepared: not mixed: not covered: sore: unfinished: bleak.
  36. Not cooked; not mixed; crude; sore; chilly.
  37. Chafed; abraded.
  38. Bleak; chilling.
  39. Crude; fresh; inexperienced.
  40. Not roasted, boiled, or cooked; not covered with skin; sore; unripe; inexperienced; not spun or twisted; not tanned; not diluted; cold and damp.
  41. A sore place.
  42. Not roasted, boiled, or cooked; not altered from its natural state; not manufactured; bare, as flesh; immature; inexperienced; bleak; chilly; cold, with damp.
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Usage examples for raw

  1. I must not talk in this raw air. – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  2. I soon cured myself by eating a lot of raw leaves of some bush plant, also a great quantity of native arrow- root. – Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines by H. Wilfrid Walker
  3. Lord Ormont continued to be a subject of discussion from time to time, for he was a name in the newspapers; and Mr. Shalders had been worked by Matey Weyburn into a state of raw antagonism at the mention of the gallant General; he could not avoid sitting in judgement on him. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. Fish is eaten not only in a raw state, but also frozen so hard that it can be broken in pieces. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  5. This ought to be a warning to all Young people to take care of Wet feet, and Especially eating Raw oysters, which are certainly Highly dangerous, particularly where there is any Tendency to Gout. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  6. Those recruits are raw I can tell you. – Shelled by an Unseen Foe by James Fiske
  7. This morning a little cold and raw – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  8. Shape into small flat cakes, using a raw egg to bind if necessary. – The Myrtle Reed Cook Book by Myrtle Reed
  9. " You looked as if something I had said had taken you on the raw – Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. It is also very chilly and raw – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  11. He experienced a chill that was not due to the raw west wind. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. " You're too polished an article for his hand; he wants his work- stuff raw Doctor Brainard said again. – The Brown Study by Grace S. Richmond
  13. " They're raw hands, or- jest mill hands," he muttered. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  14. Perhaps the man she was to marry gave her little to hope for- probably it was some raw boy- and- girl affair such as we have in America.... – The Master of the Inn by Robert Herrick
  15. This was touching them on the raw for the brown man's weapons are his dearest possessions. – White Fire by John Oxenham
  16. It was too new and raw for the younger generation. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  17. She brought him water and gave him a piece of raw fish. – Baree, Son of Kazan by James Oliver Curwood
  18. He arrived early on a raw wet morning in the following winter. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  19. He rose up, and his nose caught the scent of the raw wound. – The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
  20. It is very raw and wet down here. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
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