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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


Inflection of rauw
uninflected rauw
inflected rauwe
comparative rauwer
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial rauw rauwer het rauwst
het rauwste
indefinite m./f. sing. rauwe rauwere rauwste
n. sing. rauw rauwer rauwste
plural rauwe rauwere rauwste
definite rauwe rauwere rauwste
partitive rauws rauwers


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