raw - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    raw food has not been cooked, or has not been thoroughly cooked

    raw meat

    The chicken is still raw.

    1. a.
      raw substances have not been changed by any chemical processes

      There was raw sewage on the beach.

  2. 2
    a raw emotion or quality is strong and natural, but not controlled or developed

    There’s a lot of raw talent here.

    1. a.
      basic and natural, and not developed or made more pleasant or satisfactory

      He gives a raw account of life in the camps.

      Their music is still raw and unpretentious.

  3. 5
    if your skin is raw, it is very sore

    His face was raw from the cold.

    red raw (=red and sore):

    I scrubbed my hands until they were red raw.

  4. 7
    British the raw edge of a piece of cloth is an edge where the fibres are loose and separate

derived word


noun [uncountable]

There was a rawness and honesty in the children’s paintings.