I. adjective (rawer; rawest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hrēaw; akin to Old High German hrō raw, Latin crudus raw, cruor blood, Greek kreas flesh Date: before 12th century 1. not cooked 2. a. (1) being in or nearly in the natural state ; not processed or purified <
raw fibers
raw sewage
(2) not diluted or blended <
raw spirits
b. unprepared or imperfectly prepared for use c. not being in polished, finished, or processed form <
raw data
a raw draft of a thesis
3. a. (1) having the surface abraded or chafed (2) very irritated <
a raw sore throat
b. lacking covering ; naked c. not protected ; susceptible to hurt <
raw emotions
4. a. lacking experience or understanding ; green <
a raw recruit
b. (1) marked by absence of refinements (2) vulgar, coarse <
raw language
c. not tempered ; unbridled <
raw power
5. disagreeably damp or cold <
a raw winter day
Synonyms: see ruderawly adverbrawness noun II. noun Date: 1823 a raw place or state

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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