Definition for RAW

RAW, a. [Sax. hreaw, reaw; D. raauw; G. roh; Dan. raa; Sw. ; L. crudus; Sp. and It. crudo; Fr. cru; Arm. criz or crih; W. crau, blood; cri, raw. In the Teutonic dialects, the last radical is lost or sunk to w or h, but the Saxon initial h represents the L. c. Ar. أَرَضَ aradza, to eat or corrode, L. rodo, also to become raw. Class Rd, No. 35.]

  1. Not altered from its natural state; not roasted, boiled or cooked; not subdued by heat; as, raw meat. – Spenser.
  2. Not covered with skin; bare, as flesh. If there is quick raw flesh in the risings, it is an old leprosy. – Lev. xiii.
  3. Sore. And all his sinews waxen weak and raw / Through long imprisonment. – Spenser.
  4. Immature; unripe; not concocted. – Johnson.
  5. Not altered by heat; not cooked or dressed; being in its natural state; as, raw fruit.
  6. Unseasoned; unexperienced; unripe in skill; as, people while young and raw. – South. So we say, raw troops; and new seamen are called raw hands.
  7. New; untried; as, a raw trick.
  8. Bleak; chilly; cold, or rather cold and damp; as, a raw day; a raw cold climate. – Spenser. Once upon a raw and gusty day. – Shak.
  9. Not distilled; as, raw water. [Not used.] – Bacon.
  10. Not spun or twisted; as, raw silk.
  11. Not mixed or adulterated; as, raw spirits.
  12. Bare of flesh. – Spenser.
  13. Not tried or melted and strained; as, raw tallow.
  14. Not tanned; as, raw hides.

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