What is the opposite meaning of raw




uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.

not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture: raw cotton.

unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, by removal of the skin or natural integument.

painfully open, as a sore or wound.

crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor.

ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal; receiving raw treatment from his friends.

disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.

not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey.

unprocessed or unevaluated: raw data.


a sore or irritated place, as on the flesh.

unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

Words nearby raw

raving, ravioli, ravish, ravishing, ravishment, raw, raw bar, raw deal, raw fibers, raw material, raw milk

Idioms for raw

    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.

Origin of raw

before 1000;Middle English;Old Englishhrēaw, hrǣw; cognate with Dutchrauw,Germanroh; akin to Latincrūdus raw (see crude), cruor blood, Greekkréas raw flesh


raw·ish, adjectiveraw·ish·ness, nounraw·ly, adverbraw·ness, noun

half-raw, adjectivesem·i·raw, adjectivesem·i·raw·ly, adverbsem·i·raw·ness, noun

synonym study for raw

2. Raw,crude,rude refer to something not in a finished or highly refined state. Raw applies particularly to material not yet changed by a process, by manufacture, or by preparation for consumption: raw cotton; raw leather.Crude refers to that which still needs refining: crude petroleum.Rude refers to what is still in a condition of rough simplicity or in a makeshift or roughly made form: rude agricultural implements; the rude bridge that arched the flood.

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British Dictionary definitions for rawness



(of food) not cookedraw onion

(prenominal)in an unfinished, natural, or unrefined state; not treated by manufacturing or other processesraw materials for making steel; raw brick

(of an edge of material) unhemmed; liable to fray

(of the skin, a wound, etc) having the surface exposed or abraded, esp painfully

ignorant, inexperienced, or immaturea raw recruit

(prenominal)not selected or modifiedraw statistics

frank or realistica raw picture of the breakdown of a marriage

(of spirits) undiluted

mainlyUScoarse, vulgar, or obscene

mainlyUSrecently done; freshraw paintwork

(of the weather) harshly cold and damp

informalunfair; unjust (esp in the phrase a raw deal)


the rawBritishinformala sensitive pointhis criticism touched me on the raw

in the raw
  1. informalwithout clothes; naked
  2. in a natural or unmodified statelife in the raw

Derived forms of raw

rawish, adjectiverawly, adverbrawness, noun

Word Origin for raw

Old English hreaw; related to Old High German hrao, Old Norse hrār raw, Latin cruor thick blood, Greek kreas meat

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Medical definitions for rawness



Having subcutaneous tissue exposed.

Inflamed; sore.

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Idioms and Phrases with rawness


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