Rustic vs Raw - What's the difference?

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Rustic is a related term of raw.

As an adjective rustic

is country-styled or pastoral; rural.

As a noun rustic

is a (sometimes unsophisticated) person from a rural area.

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).



Alternative forms

* (obsolete) rustick, rusticke, rustique


(en adjective)
  • Country-styled or pastoral; rural.
  • * (William Wordsworth) (1770-1850)
  • She had a rustic , woodland air.
  • Unfinished or roughly finished.
  • Crude, rough.
  • Simple; artless; unaffected.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: or anon we shot into a clearing, with a colored glimpse of the lake and its curving shore far below us.}}

    Derived terms

    * rustic moth * rustic work


    {{timeline, 1700s=17??, 1800s=1818 1820}} * late 1700s — (Robert Burns), *: The Princely revel may survey
    Our rustic dance wi' scorn. * 1818 — (Mary Shelley), Ch. I *: With his permission my mother prevailed on her rustic guardians to yield their charge to her. They were fond of the sweet orphan. Her presence had seemed a blessing to them, but it would be unfair to her to keep her in poverty and want when Providence afforded her such powerful protection. * 1820 — (Washington Irving), *: To this mingling of cultivated and rustic society may also be attributed the rural feeling that runs through British literature.


    (en noun)
  • A (sometimes unsophisticated) person from a rural area.
  • * 1906 — (Arthur Conan Doyle), , Ch IX
  • The King looked at the motionless figure, at the little crowd of hushed expectant rustics beyond the bridge, and finally at the face of Chandos, which shone with amusement.
  • * 1927-29' — (Mahatma Gandhi), '', Part V, The Stain of Indigo'', translated ' 1940 by (Mahadev Desai)
  • Thus this ignorant, unsophisticated but resolute agriculturist captured me. So early in 1917, we left Calcutta for Champaran, looking just like fellow rustics .


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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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