- harsh; grating: a rasping voice.
- a tiny piece of material removed by rasping or scraping: raspings of sawed wood.
- raspings, dry bread crumbs.
Origin of rasping
- 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 rasping
On the night of the third day the weather cleared and settled, cold and rasping.The Long Labrador Trail
No rasping essences, none of the exterior of blackness and crêpe.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
It was brisk and rasping, and the lips through which it passed were curved in scorn.Captain Blood
"I sh'd be sorry if I wasn't," he answered, in swift, rasping accents.The Market-Place
That same line you advised, has got three as rasping fences as I should like to meet with.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
- (esp of a noise) harsh or grating; rough
- 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 rasping
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.)).