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[ ras-pee, rah-spee ]


, rasp·i·er, rasp·i·est.
  1. harsh; grating; rasping. rasping.
  2. easily annoyed; irritable.

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Other Words From

  • raspi·ness noun
  • un·raspy adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of raspy1

First recorded in 1830–40; rasp + -y 1
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Example Sentences

Known as the Five Foot Assassin, the rapper from A Tribe Called Quest became a hip-hop legend in the ’90s for his raspy flows, punchy one-liners and infectious enthusiasm.

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The week of April 7, she started hearing raspy coughs from inside patient rooms.

Her voice was raspy and after answering questions she paused, as if about to faint.

A deep, raspy voice seems the only vestige of the three decades he spent pounding his body with poisons.

I hear it again in my ears, as I did that day in October 1971, ardent and raspy, unchanged by the passage of time.

I heard your trademark raspy voice came from a childhood malady?

No, sorry, I speak fast, and my voice is kind of raspy because we went out drinking last night.

Sometimes a blue miasmic haze settled down, and the dry raspy hides of the elephants grew damp and they fretted at their chains.

She held out her hands; the dry raspy trunk curled out toward them.

His voice got a little raspy; it is certain that his eyes were a little dim.

It is, in truth, somewhat saturnine; rather raspy, occasionally vitriolic.

Duarte, his soft raspy words choked and unintelligible, embraced Hall.


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