- to scrape or abrade with a rough instrument.
- to scrape or rub roughly: The glacier rasped the valley floor.
- to grate upon or irritate: The sound rasped his nerves.
- to utter with a grating sound: to rasp out an answer.
- to scrape or grate.
- to make a grating sound.
- an act of rasping.
- a rasping sound.
- a coarse file, used mainly on wood, having separate conical teeth.
- (in an insect) a roughened surface used in stridulation.
Origin of rasp
Examples from the Web for rasp
Using a rasp, zest the meyer lemon into the bowl and add the chopped herbs, anchovy, capers and a few grinds of black pepper.How Top Chefs Stay Thin
December 15, 2009
I'll bet money she done it just t' rasp his feelin's—and she sure succeeded.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
But why rasp your nerves and spoil your digestion by so fuming over their politics?In the Valley
Again she heard the rasp of his metallic voice with its brisk derision.St. Martin's Summer
Instantly, with a rasp of thunder, it was gone, and the air was stifling.The Affair of the Brains
We use the lightest shoe, truly fitted with the rasp, not burned on.Rational Horse-Shoeing
John E. Russell
- a harsh grating noise
- a coarse file with rows of raised teeth
- (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)
- an informal or Scot word for raspberry
Word Origin and History for rasp
mid-13c., "to scrape," from Middle Dutch raspen and from Old French rasper (Modern French râper) "to grate, rasp," which is perhaps from a West Germanic source (cf. Old English gehrespan) akin to the root of raffle. Vocalic sense is from 1843. Related: Rasped; rasping.
"coarse file," 1540s, from Middle French raspe (Modern French râpe), from Old French rasper "to rasp" (see rasp (v.)).