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[ras-pee, rah-spee]
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adjective, rasp·i·er, rasp·i·est.
  1. harsh; grating; rasping.
  2. easily annoyed; irritable.
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Origin of raspy

First recorded in 1830–40; rasp + -y1
Related formsrasp·i·ness, nounun·rasp·y, adjective
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  • Behold her at 10.30, after an icy Splash and a keen rub with a raspy Towel.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • For all time to come, he sez slow and raspy, I want you to leave my stuff alone.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason

  • "I reckon he will lose 'em, though," projected a raspy voice.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald

  • Under the silent horror of foreboding our nerves became raw and our tempers, like those of the others, short and raspy.

    The Portal of Dreams

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Sometimes they are made of silk, sometimes of a raspy, scratchy, slazy woolen material with a sandpaper surface.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Word Origin and History for raspy


1670s, of plants; by 1821 of voices, from rasp + -y (2).

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