• (British) enPR: rô, IPA: /ɹɔː/
  • (America) enPR: rô, IPA: /ɹɔ/
  • (cot-caught) enPR: rŏ, IPA: /ɹɒ/
  • (cot-caught, father-bother) enPR: rä, IPA: /ɹɑ/

raw (comparative rawer, superlative rawest)

  1. (cooking) (of food) Not cooked. [from 9th c.]
  2. (of materials, products, etc.) Not treated or processed; in a natural state, unrefined, unprocessed. [from 10th c.]
    raw cane sugar
    raw sewage
  3. Having had the skin removed or abraded; chafed, tender; exposed, lacerated. [from 14th c.]
    a raw wound
  4. New or inexperienced. [from 16th c.]
    a raw beginner
  5. Crude in quality; rough, uneven, unsophisticated. [from 16th c.]
    a raw voice
  6. (statistics) (of data) Uncorrected, without analysis. [from 20th c.]
    • 2010, "Under the volcano", The Economist, 16 Oct 2010:
      What makes Mexico worrying is not just the raw numbers but the power of the cartels over society.
  7. (of weather) Unpleasantly cold#Adjective|cold or damp#Adjective|damp.
    a raw wind
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      a raw and gusty day
    • 1847 October 15, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], chapter I, in Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., […], OCLC 3163777 ↗, page 1 ↗:
      {...}} I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, {{...}
  8. (of an emotion, personality, etc.) Unmasked, undisguised, strongly expressed
    raw emotion
  9. Candid in a representation of unpleasant facts, conditions, etc.
    a raw description of the American political arena
  10. (of language) Unrefined, crude, or insensitive, especially with reference to sexual matters
  11. (obsolete) Not covered; bare; bald.
    • with scull all raw
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: aperta
  • Russian: сыро́й
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: nu
  • Russian: го́лый
  1. (slang) Without a condom.
    We did it raw.
Synonyms Translations
  • Italian: senza protezione, senza preservativo

raw (plural raws)

  1. (sugar refining, sugar trade) An unprocessed sugar; a batch of such.
    • 1800, Louisiana Sugar Planters' Association, Lousiana Sugar Chemists' Association, American Cane Growers' Association, The Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer, Volume 22, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=eukoAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA287&dq=%22raws%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o8-CT7juJ8WXiAey2eTQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22raws%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 287],
      With the recent advance in London yellow crystals, however, the disproportion of the relative value of these two kinds has been considerably reduced, and a better demand for crystallized raws should consequently occur.
    • 1921, American Chemical Society, The Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Volume 13, Part 1, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=CS5GAQAAIAAJ&q=%22raws%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22raws%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o8-CT7juJ8WXiAey2eTQBA&redir_esc=y page 149],
      Early in the year the raws were melted to about 20 Brix in order to facilitate filtration.
    • 1939, The Commercial and Financial Chronicle, Volume 148, Part 2, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=zmodAQAAMAAJ&q=%22raws%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22raws%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=auKCT5LaFOvOmAXY2uHqBw&redir_esc=y page 2924],
      The world sugar contract closed 1 to 3 points net higher, with sales of only 36 lots. London raws sold at 8s. 4½d., and futures there were unchanged to 3d. higher.
  2. A galled place; an inveterate sore.
  3. (by extension, figurative) A point about which a person is particularly sensitive.
  4. (anime fandom) A recording or rip of a show that has not been fansubbed.
  5. (manga fandom) A scan that has not been cleaned purged of blemishes arising from the scanning process and has not been scanlated.

Proper noun
  1. (India, acronym) Acronym of Research and Analysis Wing

raw (uncountable)

  1. (games) Abbreviation of rules#English|rules as#English|as written#English|written: the actual rules appearing in the rulebook, as opposed to house rules, or to rules that might have been intended (in the event of a mistake in the rulebook).
  2. (computing) Initialism of read after write, a kind of data hazard.

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