Bare vs Raw - What's the difference?

bare | raw |

As a proper noun bare

is an extinct language of venezuela.

As an abbreviation raw is

(games) the rules as written: the actual rules appearing in the rulebook, as opposed to house rules, or as opposed to the rules that might have been intended (in the event of a mistake in the rulebook).



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .


  • Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
  • a bare majority
  • * Addison
  • the bare necessaries of life
  • Naked, uncovered.
  • Don't show your bare backside in public.
  • Having no supplies.
  • a room bare of furniture
    The cupboard was bare .
  • * 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "[]," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012):
  • Localities across New Jersey imposed curfews to prevent looting. In Monmouth, Ocean and other counties, people waited for hours for gasoline at the few stations that had electricity. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare .
  • Having no decoration.
  • The walls of this room are bare — why not hang some paintings on them?
  • Having had what usually covers (something) removed.
  • The trees were left bare after the swarm of locusts devoured all the leaves.
  • (British, slang, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
  • It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
  • With head uncovered; bareheaded.
  • * Herbert
  • When once thy foot enters the church, be bare .
  • Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
  • * Milton
  • Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear!
  • Threadbare; much worn.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words.
    * (minimal) mere, minimal * (without a condom) * (naked) exposed, naked, nude, uncovered, undressed * (having no supplies) empty, unfurnished, unstocked, unsupplied * (having no decoration) empty, plain, unadorned, undecorated * (having had what usually covers (something) removed ): despoiled, stripped, uncovered
    * (minimal) ample, plentiful, sufficient * (naked) covered, covered up, dressed, unexposed * (having no supplies) full, furnished, stocked, supplied, well-stocked * (having no decoration) adorned, decorated, ornate * covered
    Derived terms
    * ace bare * bareback * barebacked * bare boards * bareboat * barebone * bare bones * bare-breasted * bare-chested * barefaced * barefoot, barefooted * barehanded * bareheaded * bare-knuckle fight * bareland * barelegged * barely * bareness * bare patch * barish * in one's bare skin * king bare * lay bare * threadbare * with one's bare hands


  • (British, slang) Very; significantly.
  • This porno's bare whack, bruv.
  • Barely.
  • *
  • *
  • Without a condom
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • the surface, the (bare) skin
  • * 1599 ,
  • In sad good earnest, sir, you have toucht the very bare of naked truth [...]
  • * 2002 , Darren Shan, Hunters of the dusk: 7 :
  • Vancha clasped the bare of my neck and squeezed amiably.
  • Surface; body; substance.
  • * Marston
  • You have touched the very bare of naked truth.
  • (architecture) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m).


  • To uncover; to reveal.
  • She bared her teeth at him.
    * (uncover) expose, lay bare, reveal, show, uncover
    * (uncover) cover, cover up, hide
    Derived terms
    * bare one's breast * bare one's soul * bare one's teeth

    Etymology 3

    Inflected forms.


  • (obsolete) (bear)
  • * Bible, Josh. iii. 15
  • The feet of the priest that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 5
  • And so I put thee on my shoulder and bare thee back, and here thou art in David's room, and shalt find board and bed with me as long as thou hast mind to


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  • Of food: not cooked.
  • Not treated or processed (of materials, products etc.); in a natural state, unrefined, unprocessed.
  • Having had the skin removed or abraded; chafed, tender; exposed, lacerated.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw . Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’}}
  • New or inexperienced.
  • Crude in quality; rough, uneven, unsophisticated.
  • Of data, statistics etc: uncorrected, without analysis.
  • * 2010 , "Under the volcano", (The Economist), 16 Oct 2010:
  • What makes Mexico worrying is not just the raw numbers but the power of the cartels over society.
  • Of weather: unpleasantly damp or cold.
  • a raw wind
  • * Shakespeare
  • a raw and gusty day
  • (obsolete) Not covered; bare; bald.
  • * Spenser
  • with scull all raw


    * See also * (without a condom)

    Derived terms

    * (l)


  • (slang) Without a condom.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (sugar refining, sugar trade) An unprocessed sugar; a batch of such.
  • * 1800 , Louisiana Sugar Planters' Association, Lousiana Sugar Chemists' Association, American Cane Growers' Association, The Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer , Volume 22, page 287,
  • With the recent advance in London yellow crystals, however, the disproportion of the relative value of these two kinds has been considerably reduced, and a better demand for crystallized raws should consequently occur.
  • * 1921 , , The Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry , Volume 13, Part 1, page 149,
  • Early in the year the raws were melted to about 20 Brix in order to facilitate filtration.
  • * 1939 , The Commercial and Financial Chronicle , Volume 148, Part 2, page 2924,
  • The world sugar contract closed 1 to 3 points net higher, with sales of only 36 lots. London raws sold at 8s. 4½d., and futures there were unchanged to 3d. higher.


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