Meaning of raw

raw

Pronunciation: (rô), [key]
— adj., n. -er, -est,
—adj.
  1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
  2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture: raw cotton.
  3. unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, by removal of the skin or natural integument.
  4. painfully open, as a sore or wound.
  5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor.
  6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
  7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.
  8. brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal; receiving raw treatment from his friends.
  9. disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.
  10. not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey.
  11. unprocessed or unevaluated: raw data.
—n.
  1. a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.
  2. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.
  3. nature in the raw.
    1. in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state:nature in the raw.
    2. Informal.in the nude; naked:sunbathing in the raw.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • raw (Thesaurus)