[ras-ping, rah-sping]


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

First recorded in 1650–60; rasp + -ing2, -ing1
Related formsrasp·ing·ly, adverbrasp·ing·ness, nounun·rasp·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for raspingly

Historical Examples of raspingly

  • "I find it most interesting," said Mr. Stoendyck raspingly, in admirable English.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

  • He spoke fast and raspingly, as if realizing that every moment was precious.

    The Gray Phantom

    Herman Landon

  • "All day, of course, if necessary," responded Mr. Cavendish raspingly.


    J. G. Holland

  • When he came within a few feet of his guest he said, raspingly, Maiden, I know thee.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • His lips grew stiff and painfully hot, and when he tried to moisten them his tongue was dry and moved across them raspingly.


    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for raspingly


raspy (ˈrɑːspɪ)


(esp of a noise) harsh or grating; rough
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