rauw

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From Middle Dutch rou, raeu, also roo, from Old Dutch *rao, *rō, from Proto-Germanic *hrawaz. Cognate with Old English hrēaw, English raw, Old High German rāo, German roh, and Old Norse hrár.

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rauw (comparative rauwer, superlative rauwst)

  1. raw, uncooked
  2. raw, in a roughed up state, e.g. skinned or infected
    De gestrafte schooljongen gebruikte hetzelfde huismiddel voor rauw geranselde billen als wielrenners voor een op het zadel rauw gereden achterwerk: op rauwe biefstuk zitten
    The punished schoolboy used the same home remedy for spanked-raw buttocks as cyclists for a bum roughed-up in the saddle: sitting on a raw steak
  3. hard, cruel, gross, rude
    Rauwe verwensingen kwetsen kinderen soms harder dan rauwe billenkoek
    Coarse cursing sometimes hurts kids more than harsh spankings

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