- 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
Related Words for raspedpound, irk, scrape, rub, scratch, bray, excoriate, jar, vex, irritate, abrade, file, grate, raze, scour, wear, sand
Examples from the Web for rasped
Contemporary Examples of rasped
He motioned me closer, rasped into my ear, "Did you bring a joint?"The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
“I just cannot conceive of the thought of this guy being the president,” Dornan rasped at me.Trailing Teddy
August 26, 2009
“ Never forget,” rasped the 37th president to his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger.He's Ba-a-a-ack!
December 3, 2008
Historical Examples of rasped
"As do all you mortals—who finally have to lie in them," he rasped.Flamedown
Horace Brown Fyfe
Its eyelids had rasped like stone curtains rubbing together.The Planetoid of Peril
He rasped the stubble on his chin; his eyes were bland, his voice smooth as cream.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
The sugar-beet is rasped or ground to a pulp and then subjected to great pressure.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
I've rasped every knuckle I've got and worn out the knees of my pants.Jack and Jill
Louisa May Alcott
- 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)
Word Origin for rasp
- an informal or Scot word for raspberry
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.)).