- adjective not cooked
- adjective in the original state or not processed
- adjective referring to skin scraped or partly removed
- acronym forread-after-write (written as RAW)
Origin & History of “raw”
Raw has relatives in German (roh), Dutch (rauw), Swedish (rå), and Danish (ra). these all go back to a prehistoric Germanic ancestor *khrawaz, whose ultimate source was Indo-European *krowos (other descendants of the same base include Greek kréas ‘flesh’, from which English gets creosote and pancreas, and Latin crūdus ‘raw’, source of English crude and cruel).