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[ras-pee, rah-spee] /ˈræs pi, ˈrɑ spi/
adjective, raspier, raspiest.
harsh; grating; rasping.
easily annoyed; irritable.
Origin of raspy
First recorded in 1830-40; rasp + -y1
Related forms
raspiness, noun
unraspy, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her bilious attack had not quite passed away, and her tones were somewhat sharp and raspy.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • Behold her at 10.30, after an icy Splash and a keen rub with a raspy Towel.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • Her breath was short and raspy and cross, like the breath of a person who runs for a train—and misses it.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • For all time to come, he sez slow and raspy, I want you to leave my stuff alone.

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

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
Word Origin and History for raspy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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