raw

Something that's raw is uncooked. A ripe raw tomato tastes very different from one that's slowly roasted with olive oil.

Raw food isn't heated, and while raw fruits and vegetables are usually delicious, raw eggs and meat can be dangerous. When you use the word raw to describe things that aren't edible, it generally means "in a natural, untreated state," like raw silk or raw wood. You might also have raw feelings or raw emotions — these are basic and out in the open. The Old English root is hreaw, "uncooked," from a Germanic source.

Definitions of raw
  1. adjective
    not treated with heat to prepare it for eating
    Synonyms:
    half-baked, underdone
    insufficiently cooked
    rare
    (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside
    uncooked
    not cooked
    untoasted
    not having been browned by exposure to heat
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    Antonyms:
    cooked
    having been prepared for eating by the application of heat
    au gratin
    cooked while covered with browned breadcrumbs (and sometimes cheese)
    baked
    (bread and pastries) cooked by dry heat (as in an oven)
    barbecued, grilled
    cooked over an outdoor grill
    batter-fried
    fried in batter
    boiled, poached, stewed
    cooked in hot water
    braised
    cooked by browning in fat and then simmering in a closed container
    broiled, grilled
    cooked by radiant heat (as over a grill)
    burned, burnt
    ruined by overcooking
    candy-like
    resembling candy
    done
    cooked until ready to serve
    deep-fried, fried
    cooked by frying in fat
    hard-baked
    baked until hard
    hard-boiled
    (eggs) cooked until the yolk is solid
    lyonnaise
    cooked with onions
    medium
    (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside
    overdone
    cooked too long but still edible
    pancake-style
    cooked as pancakes are cooked
    parched
    toasted or roasted slightly
    rare-roasted
    (meat) roasted with the meat inside still rare
    ready-cooked
    cooked in such a way as to be ready for sale
    roast, roasted
    (meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven
    saute, sauteed
    fried quickly in a little fat
    seared
    having the surface burned quickly with intense heat
    soft-boiled
    (eggs) having the yolk still liquid
    souffle-like
    resembling a souffle
    steamed
    cooked in steam
    sunny-side up
    (eggs) fried on only one side
    toasted
    browned over by exposure to heat
    wafer-like
    resembling a thin crisp wafer
    well-done
    (meat) cooked until there is no pink meat left inside
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  2. adjective
    (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes
    raw wool”
    raw sugar”
    synonyms: natural, rude
    unprocessed
    not altered from an original or natural state
  3. adjective
    used of wood and furniture
    raw wood”
    synonyms: unsanded
    unfinished
    not brought to the desired final state
  4. adjective
    not processed or refined
    raw sewage”
    Synonyms:
    untreated
    not subjected to chemical or physical treatment
  5. adjective
    untempered and unrefined
    raw talent”
    raw beauty”
    Synonyms:
    unpolished
    not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing
  6. adjective
    not processed or subjected to analysis
    raw data”
    “the raw cost of production”
    synonyms: crude
    unanalyzed
    not analyzed or broken down for detailed examination
  7. adjective
    lacking training or experience
    raw recruits”
    synonyms: new
    inexperienced, inexperient
    lacking practical experience or training
  8. adjective
    devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure
    raw fury”
    synonyms: naked
    open, overt
    open and observable; not secret or hidden
  9. adjective
    brutally unfair or harsh
    “received raw treatment from his friends”
    “a raw deal”
    Synonyms:
    unfair, unjust
    not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception
  10. adjective
    having the surface exposed and painful
    “a raw wound”
    Synonyms:
    injured
    harmed
  11. adjective
    hurting
    synonyms: sensitive, sore, tender
    painful
    causing physical or psychological pain
  12. adjective
    (used informally) completely unclothed
  13. noun
    informal terms for nakedness
    “in the raw
    synonyms: altogether, birthday suit
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    type of:
    nakedness, nudeness, nudity
    the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind
  14. adjective
    unpleasantly cold and damp
    synonyms: bleak, cutting
    cold
    having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
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