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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective raw:


Raw is sometimes a misspelling of roar.

The word raw is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective raw

What does raw mean as an attribute of a noun?

Raw is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: rawer | rawest

  1. (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes
    • examples: raw wool | raw sugar
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonyms of raw: natural / rude
    • similar: unprocessed
  2. having the surface exposed and painful
    • example: a raw wound
    • similar: injured
  3. not treated with heat to prepare it for eating
  4. not processed or refined
  5. devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure
    • examples: raw fury | you may kill someone someday with your raw power
    • synonym of raw: naked
    • similar: open / overt
  6. brutally unfair or harsh
    • examples: received raw treatment from his friends | a raw deal
    • similar: unfair / unjust
  7. not processed or subjected to analysis
    • examples: raw data | the raw cost of production
    • synonym of raw: crude
    • similar: unanalyzed
  8. untempered and unrefined
    • examples: raw talent | raw beauty
    • similar: unpolished
  9. hurting
  10. unpleasantly cold and damp
  11. used of wood and furniture
    • example: raw wood
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of raw: unsanded
    • similar: unfinished
  12. lacking training or experience
  13. (used informally) completely unclothed

Alternative definition of the adjective raw


  1. Of food: not cooked. [definition from 9th c.]
  2. Not treated or processed (of materials, products etc.); in a natural state, unrefined, unprocessed. [definition from 10th c.]
  3. Having had the skin removed or abraded; chafed, tender; exposed, lacerated. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. New or inexperienced. [definition from 16th c.]
  5. Crude in quality; rough, uneven, unsophisticated. [definition from 16th c.]
  6. Of data, statistics etc: uncorrected, without analysis. [definition from 20th c.]
  7. [slang] without a condom

Definition of the noun raw

What does raw mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: raws

  1. informal terms for nakedness


"Raw" is a film, directed by Doug Jeffries.


Raw is a fictional character from the 2007 TV miniseries Tin Man.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Raw

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Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

vegetables, starchy puddings Brucella species Cattle, goots, sheep - + - + Raw milk, dairy products Campylobacter jejuni Chickens, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, wild birds ♢ + + _b Raw milk, poultry Clostridium botulinum Soil, mammals, birds, fish ...

Google previewDictionary of Chemicals and Raw Products Used in the Manufacture of Paints, Colours, Varnishes and Allied Preparations (1901)

by George Henry Hurst

Bodies : Porcelain — Hard, Porcelain— Fritted Bodies, Porcelain — Raw Bodies, Porcelain — Soft, Fritted Bodies, Raw Bodies, Stone Bodies, Ironstone, Dry Bodies, Chemical Utensils, Fritted Jasper, Fritted Pearl, Fritted Drab, Raw ...

Google previewThe Ridley Scott Encyclopedia (2009)

by Laurence Raw

Laurence Raw...

Google previewA Minecraft Mini-Encyclopedia (2014)

by Cori Dusmann

Mooshrooms Drops: Leather; raw beef; milk (when touched with an empty bucket; doesn't kill the mooshroom); mushroom stew (when tapped with a wooden bowl; doesn't harm the creature); mushrooms when sheared, although this turns ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Geography (2004)

by Gerald Rudolph Pitzl

Weight-gaining/weight-losing products Raw material 1 supply in known locations, with no wage differentials; and (5) production costs that would not vary at any manufacturing point. Weber constructed a flat table complete with weights, pulleys, ...

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Quotes about Raw

We're living in a time when the world has suddenly discovered India because it's run out of raw material for its imagination. The raw materials for imagination are inexhaustible here. (Deepak Chopra)
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Scrabble value of R1A1W4

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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