1. inexperienced, unsophisticated.
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c 349: A raw Soldier, who had never been on duty before.|
|Roderick Random (1979) 84: Upon which he stared in my face, and told me I was excessively raw, or I would not talk in that manner.|
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 207: Those animals who lead raw boys about the world, under the denomination of travelling governors.|
|Sporting Mag. May XX 119/1: Like a lubber so raw, and so soft, / Half a george handed out, at the change did not look.|
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 59: Poor Johnny Raw! what madness could impel / So rum a Flat to face so prime a Swell!|
|Old Curiosity Shop (1999) 160: He wished [...] he could make out whether he (Kit) was ‘precious raw’ or ‘precious deep’.|
|Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 9 Oct. 1/5: So unlikly did it seem that the raw uncouth, blundering Yorkshire lad should ever rise to be vice-chancellor of his university.|
|Quite Alone I 34: How amazingly raw you are!|
|Hans Breitmann in Church 111: Dere’s a raw, green corps from Michigan, / Mit horses on de loose; / You men ash vants some hoof-irons, / Look out und crip deir shoes.‘Breitmann’s Going to Church’ in|
|Three Men in a Boat 248: We [...] took a ‘raw ’un’ up with us once last season, and we plied him with the customary stretchers about the wonderful things we had done.|
|Bushranger’s Sweetheart 31: What! Do you think, Tony, my son, that I’d be raw enough to drop one [i.e. a shoe]?|
|Such is Life 93: I was workin’ mates with a raw new-chum feller las’ winter, ringin’ on the Yanko.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 120: He was fresher than Green Paint and his Work was Raw, but he was so Resilient that no one could pin him to the Mat and keep him there.|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 148: A raw jade like yourself ought to learn a little more before she butts into America.|
|‘A Note On Drumming And Bugling’ in Kiss Me Goodnight, Sgt.-Major (1973) 57: Stand to attention, you raw-arsed recruit.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 110: Whereas you are raw to this business, Sam Yudenow wants you should work your way up.|
|(con. 1940s) Autobiog. (1968) 22 3: Some raw kid hustler in a bar, I had to bust in his mouth.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 11: He was [...] as raw as a greyhound’s dinner.|
2. angry, upset.
|Soldiers Three (1907) 148: I wonder if smashes of this kind are always so raw.‘The Story of the Gadsbys’ in|
|Mop Fair 115: Winnie is, to say the least, dreadfully ‘raw’ over the business.|
|Gentleman of Leisure Ch. xi: ‘I told him you were my servant. I hope you aren’t offended.’ ‘Nit. What’s dere to be raw about, boss?’.|
|Home to Harlem 99: Jest daring me to turn raw and loose.|
|Mrs. Van Kleek (1949) 23: It’s this beastly business [...] that’s got me raw.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 252: I was all rawed up [...] so I started to dictate a pretty nasty straight-from-the-shoulder reply.|
|Awaydays 117: It dawns on me, belatedly, that she’s raw with me about something.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood’s a Rover 16: ‘You sound a little raw, kid.’ ‘I’m strecthed a bit thin, yeah’.|
|Maison De Shine 59: I don’t blame you a bit [...] I know I’ve stood for things here that is raw work.|
|Man with Two Left Feet 101: I guess it was raw work pulling a tale like that on the old man.‘Crowned Heads’ in|
|There Ain’t No Justice 22: He only remained in the ring when the main event was on or when a fight became either too raw or too slow for the liking of the fans.|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 182: There’s some raw work pulled at the font from time to time.|
|(con. 1964-65) Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 153: ‘Not two fuckin’ Pommies in the same band! That’s a bit bloody raw’.|
4. (US) honest, candid, unadorned.
|Forty Modern Fables 28: The Campaign Committee gave it to him Raw two or three times a Week.|
|Top-Notch 1 Apr. 🌐 ‘It’s a little raw, Jeff, isn’t it?’ I said. ‘Raw your grandmother! I’d put a bomb into each one if I could.’.‘Stroke of Genius’ in|
|Home to Harlem 22: Strong like a bull, yet just knocked off in the dark through raw cracker cussedness.|
|Source Aug. 56: You know where I get the drums from: Tupac’s ‘How Do You Want It.’ Keep it raw.|
5. (US) harsh, inhospitable.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 29 Dec. 10/2: From all 1 can learu Denver has stood for some pretty raw things in the fighting line .|
|Mr. Jackson 88: Now you might say I’m doin’ raw work to pass you this talk [...] but it’s like this.|
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 130: The detective made a raw speech, slapped the thief, and was about to slug her.|
|‘The Old Black Steer’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 126: When Windy took his maguey down, he suspicioned something raw.|
6. suggestive, smutty.
|Valley of the Moon (1914) I 20: ‘Whoa, Mary! Backup!’ Bert checked her peremptorily. [...] ‘Billy never makes mistakes like that.’ ‘But he needn’t be so raw,’ she persisted. [Ibid.] Ch. xxiii: ‘What d’ye want another bed for?’ asked Bert. ‘Ain’t one bed enough for the two of you?’ ‘You shut up, Bert!’ Mary cried. ‘Don’t get raw.’.|
|Show Business Laid Bare 22: The most vulgar comedy spoken today is heard at the Friars Club stag luncheons [...] Most of this is much too raw for the daily newspapers.|
7. (US) uncouth, bold, brazen; also as adv. (see cit. 1930).
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 289: I’ve seen him a couple of times getting fresh with you [...] You don’t have to stand for any raw work around here.‘The Pitch-Out’ in|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 32: I said it had been a kind of a raw thing, but Jim just couldn’t resist no kind of a joke, no matter how raw.‘Haircut’ in|
|Home to Harlem 325: He loved to indulge in naked man-stuff talk, which would be too raw even for Felice’s ears.|
|Gangster Girl 104: That girl—I sure ain’t her mouthpiece or nothin’ like that—but that’s ridin’ raw.|
|Golden Boy I v: He said something funny. It was raw, so I can’t say it.|
|Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1986) 15: Once he had got on the subject of cat-houses, and afterwards his jokes got so raw he had to be hushed up with beer.|
|Corner (1998) 23: He was quick to turn [the room] into his clubhouse, decorating the walls with raw centerfolds, smoking blunts and downing forties with the other C.M.B. boys.|
|implied in raw ’uns below.|
|‘’Arry on the Battle of Life’ in Punch 21 Sept. in (2006) 137: In the great Ring of Life you must fight with the raw ’uns.|
|Salt Lake Herald Repub. (UT) 19 Dec. 52/2: ‘You’ll have to wear one of little Emily’s nighties.’ ‘I’d rather sleep raw’.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 222: He puts her in the ‘Vanities’ and lets her walk around raw.‘The Brain Goes Home’ in|
|Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA) 14 July 6/1: Cliff and I had a never-to-be-frogotten swim ‘in the raw’.|
|Dead Ringer 10: A lot of carneys sleep raw in hot weather.|
|Down in the Holler 277: It got so hot the kids just sprinkled the bed, an’ slept plumb raw.|
|Pimp 175: I’m raw. I’ll have to slip on something.|
|Pleasures of Helen 130: Fred wanted to sleep in the raw, but I wouldn’t let him.|
|That Eye, The Sky 43: Here I am in the nick, raw as a prawn, me shorts back in the bush.|
9. (US black) excellent, powerful, impressive.
|Chosen Few (1966) 184: To Blood’s way of thinking, women liked goodness and gentleness, but preferred a periodic asskicking raw man with that goodness and gentleness.|
|🎵 Solid gold the ride was raw.‘Six in the Morning’|
|Street Talk 2 t70: That move was raw!|
|San Jose Mercury News 11 May n.p.: Raw (adj) – Wonderful, awesome, great. (syn. cool, tight, dope, fly, phat). The special effects in the movie were raw.in|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014.(ed.)|
10. (US) used of sexual intercourse without a condom.
|Rent Boy 34: The only real intelligent part of Chip is his penis, getting it up there raw is unbelievable [...] I said, You asshole, what about AIDS.|
|in POZ June 🌐 I’ve only gone raw with a positive guy that one time. This has mostly to do with the fact that I’m in a monogamous relationship with a negative guy. If I weren’t, I think I’d actively pursue barebacking [...] and feel OK about it.|
11. (W.I.) hungry.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 43: Raw hungry: u. me raw/I’m very hungry.|
12. (UK black) very bad.
|🎵 Fifteen. She’s under-age, that’s raw.‘I Luv U’|
(orig. US) unfair, harsh treatment, particularly poor luck; usu. from the point of view of the victim.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 June 6/4: The clever owner of the blue and yellow is said to have had rather a ‘rough deal’.|
|Dly Astorian (Astoria, OR) 14 Dec. 1/2: What a terrible punishment tarring and feathering really is [...] I had no idea [...] what a rough deal the process is.|
|San Antonio Light (TX) 9 Aug. 3/2: [headline] The Anglo-Texan Correspondent to a British Paper Gives the Negro of Texas a Very Rough Deal.|
|Artie (1963) 58: Was n’t that a raw deal, huh?|
|Eve. Herald (Shenandoah, PA) 25 May 1/5: Mr Titman’s horse received rather a rough deal.|
|Guthrie Dly Leader (OK) 8 July 1/6: Jessie Morrison Gets Rough Deal [...] her sentence is increased to 25 years.|
|Hopkinsville Kentuckian (KY) 8 May 1/5: Man of them are fairminded even in politics and would not stand for such a raw deal.|
|Gentleman of Leisure Ch. vii: Boss, I’ve had a raw deal. On de level, I has.|
|N.Y. Tribune 27 May 136/3: He was a good sport, too, and I think he got a rough deal.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 117: His mother canned him out o’ the house for bein’ no good. She gave him a raw deal, I guess.‘Champion’ in|
|N.Y. Tribune 1 Sept. 3/5: [headline] Cripple Gets Rough Deal.|
|Manhattan Transfer 285: I know a lot of old fellers even, thinks the boys are gettin a raw deal.|
|‘On Broadway’ 8 Apr. [synd. col.] Ilka Chase is burning over the ‘raw deal’ she alleges M.G.M. handed her.|
|Amboy Dukes 151: You gave Crazy a raw deal.|
|Mad mag. May–June 33: We have unanimously concluded that you got a raw deal.|
|Corner Boy 88: That’s a pretty rough deal finding someone like that.|
|Go, Man, Go! 13: Raw deal. I oughta—.|
|Algiers Motel Incident 136: I think I’m getting a raw deal.|
|Daddy Cool (1997) 92: They believed that he was getting a raw deal. It wasn’t his fault that his stepsister started selling pussy.|
|A-Team Storybook 16: Some of the boys feel we’re getting a raw deal, that people don’t take enough notice of us.|
|Indep. Rev. 26 July 4: Patients get a raw deal from private health care.|
|Daily Express 20 May 105: Randi is getting a raw deal.|
|Disassembled Man [ebook] You’ve been handed a raw deal, Frankie, and you deserve better.|
(Aus.) an inexperienced criminal.
|Joyful Condemned 166: Yo go picking on this raw-skin, big-noting yourself like you was Numismata himelf.|
SE in slang uses
a policeman; thus raw lobster house, a police station.
|‘The Scenes of Manchester’ in A Touch of the Times 62: The raw lobster pops you in the Bailey.|
|Berks Chron. 4 Dec. 4/5: ‘You be d—d,’ says he, ‘you Irish raw lobster.’ [...] and off I dragged him to the station-house.|
|Sun. in London 21: A Sporting paper is published only on Sunday [...] denounces all police officers as public nuisances and raw lobsters.|
|Morn. Chron. (London) 2 Oct. 4/4: This would be the time for the Raw Lobsters to gather evidence against them.|
|‘Poll Newry, The Dainty Flag-Hopper’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 34: The raw lobsters she sets at defiance, / She tips ’em a bit of her science; / Like a boxer she floors, the blue devils by scores, / And then in a crack she will fly hence.|
|Bradford Obs. 13 Apr. 2/4: There was some ugly work last night. My body-guard chucked a raw lobster (a policeman) into the canal.|
|Anecdotes of the Eng. Lang. 298: The guardians of the public peace, who walk about in blue coats and white trimmings, are called ‘raw lobsters’.in Pegge|
|Leeds Times 22 June 6/2: The raw lobster house, foot of Park Row.|
|‘Wakefield Gaol’ in Touch of the Times 252: Don’t let your passions act to free, And keep from each blue lobster’s claw.|
|Worcs. Chron. 16 June 7/4: [heading] Assault by a ‘Raw Lobster,’ Not a Policeman.|
|‘Betty and Joe’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 27: When you wear the coat of blue, and the slap-up shiney tile, / You’ll be just like a raw lobster that has not had a bite — / With your truncheon in your pocket.|
|Police! 320: A policeman ... A fly, [...] body-snatcher, raw lobster, tin ribs, stalk, danger signal, terror etc.|
|Derby Dly Teleg. 7 Apr. 3/3: Among other slang terms for police-men are rozzers, cossacks, frog; raw lobster, M.P. (member of police) nam.|
1. (also raw sausage) the penis [meat n. (2)/sausage n. (3)].
|Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1927) 120: I’ll warrant your poor cuckolds are hovering about the change to hear what news from Flanders, whilst you, like a couple of hollow-bellied wh---s, are sailing up to Spring Gardens to cram one end with roasted fowls, and other with raw sausages.|
|‘The Butcher’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 216: Take care that her mag with raw meat is well fed, / Lest the horns of an ox should adorn your calve’s head.|
|‘Mr Pluck, The Leadenhall Butcher’ in Funny Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 43: Take care that her maw with raw meat is well fed / Lest the horns of an ox should adorn your calve’s-head.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 50: the penis [...] raw meat (poised before the fellator’s lips: ‘All your analisp will deliver is a diagnosis that you return to your diet of raw meat’).|
2. a woman who partakes, naked, in sex shows.
|DSUE (1984) 963/2: C.19–early 19; ob.|
3. a prostitute caught in flagrante; thus raw-meat business, prostitution.
|Such is Life 241: When bar-loafer meets pimp, at £1 a side, then comes the raw-meat business.|
(Aus.) a bare-knuckle boxer.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 July 15/1: You are a Queensberry boxer. I am a raw-meat man. I claim to be a champion bare-fist bruiser of the world, the lineal descendant of the old-time fist-fighters, under the rules of the London prize ring.|
see separate entry.
(US black) a virgin black woman.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
the fists, esp. as used in a fight.
|London Dly News 29 July 4/8: This was to be ‘an out and out affair with the raw ’uns’.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 17 Nov. 10/1: There is still the average [...] mill with, as the English pugs say, the ‘raw uns’.|
|Manchester Eve. News 4 Oct. 2/3: When they were called upon to fight with their naked fists — technically termed the ‘raw ’uns’ — they made [...] a very poor show.|
|Witchita Eagle (KS) 13 Mar. 3/5: Few fighters have the courage to fight with the ‘raw ’uns’.|
|Pall Mall Gaz. 10 Jan. 5/1: The two champions doffed the brown gloves, shook what they call their ‘raw’uns,’ and retired amid a Niagra [sic] of applause.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 21 Sept. 7/3: A young man was punched worse than the knocked out victim of a finish fight with the raw ’uns.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 18/1: The writer has seen Dooley, in a fight with the raw ’uns, and show that he could take a pasting with the best of them, but he is of so nervous a temperament that he is usually beaten before he steps into the ring.|
|Mirror of Life 9 June 14/2: [A] certain fighter [...] had a habit of securing a mug to back him for an occasional scrap in private with the raw ’uns.|
|Ravalli Republican (Stevensville, MT) 20 Jan. 3/4: Gloves [...] were not considered deadly enough by the ‘kids’ [...] so ‘raw ’uns’ were substituted.|
|Hooligan Nights 17: He is better with the raws, and is very bad to tackle in a street row.|
|Illus. Police News 23 Sept. 4/1: Fight with the Raw ’Uns. Jim Fox Beats Jack Lee.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 28 Aug. 3/3: The ring was formed (as they say when describing a Sunday morning mill on the grass with the raw ’uns).|
|Marvel 1 Dec. 523: ‘Gloves or the raw ’uns?’ asked the soldier.|
|Hastings & St Leonard’s Obs. 3 Sept. 5/5: It is a fight in the ‘buff’ with ‘raw ’uns’.|
|Eve. World (NY) 4 Sept. 8/7: He knows the fist game from every angle, both with the gloves and the ‘raw ’uns’.|
|Marvel 24 July 15: In the ring, with the ‘raw ’uns,’ as they used to call the naked fists, he was a terror to his opponents.|
|(con. 1835–40) Bold Bendigo 93: He offered me a guinea to mill him with the gloves, but I’ve done it with the raw ’uns for love.|
|There Ain’t No Justice 9: He could just remember the old boys who had fought with the raw ’uns on Wormwood Scrubs Common.|