Definitions

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  • adj. In the natural state; in real life.
  • adj. Naked.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used informally) completely unclothed

Etymologies

Ellipsis of "in the raw state." (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In savage tribes which have suddenly come under the domination of a civilized race – a domination which usually means not only the cessation of tribal warfare, but a rapid decrease in the raw material of the chase – the male, debarred from the exercise of his former avocations, frequently refuses to do anything at all.

    Marriage as a Trade

  • As thirsty earth drank in rain, his power-depleted self soaked in the raw strength of the line, and when he opened his eyes and released it again, he felt as good as he had when he'd awakened this morning.

    Elephant in the City

  • I was glad of it: 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, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

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