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rasp

[ rasp, rahsp ]
/ ræsp, rɑsp /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to scrape or grate.
to make a grating sound.

noun

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Origin of rasp

1200–50; Middle English raspen<Old French rasper to scrape, grate <Germanic; see rape3
raspish, adjectiveun·rasped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rasp (1 of 2)

rasp1
/ (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)
rasper, nounraspish, adjective
C16: from Old French raspe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape

British Dictionary definitions for rasp (2 of 2)

rasp2
/ (rɑːsp) /

noun

an informal or Scot word for raspberry
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