rasp

[ rasp, rahsp ]
/ ræsp, rɑsp /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to scrape or grate.
to make a grating sound.

noun

Origin of rasp

1200–50; Middle English raspen < Old French rasper to scrape, grate < Germanic; see rape3

Related forms

rasp·ish, adjectiveun·rasped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rasp (1 of 2)

rasp

1
/ (rɑːsp) /

noun

a harsh grating noise
a coarse file with rows of raised teeth

verb

(tr) to scrape or rub (something) roughly, esp with a rasp; abrade
to utter with or make a harsh grating noise
to irritate (one's nerves or senses); grate (upon)

Derived Forms

rasper, nounraspish, adjective

Word Origin for rasp

C16: from Old French raspe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape

British Dictionary definitions for rasp (2 of 2)

rasp

2
/ (rɑːsp) /

noun

an informal or Scot word for raspberry
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