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raspy

[ras-pee, rah-spee] /ˈræs pi, ˈrɑ spi/
adjective, raspier, raspiest.
1.
harsh; grating; rasping.
2.
easily annoyed; irritable.
Origin of raspy
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; rasp + -y1
Related forms
raspiness, noun
unraspy, adjective
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  • Behold her at 10.30, after an icy Splash and a keen rub with a raspy Towel.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • For all time to come, he sez slow and raspy, I want you to leave my stuff alone.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • "I reckon he will lose 'em, though," projected a raspy voice.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • Under the silent horror of foreboding our nerves became raw and our tempers, like those of the others, short and raspy.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Sometimes they are made of silk, sometimes of a raspy, scratchy, slazy woolen material with a sandpaper surface.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Her bilious attack had not quite passed away, and her tones were somewhat sharp and raspy.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
Word Origin and History for raspy
adj.

1670s, of plants; by 1821 of voices, from rasp + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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