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Origin of razz

1910–15, Americanism; short for raspberry
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Related Words for razz

chaff, tease, taunt, banter, needle, jest, joke, heckle, raspberry, rib, kid

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British Dictionary definitions for razz


  1. (tr) to make fun of; deride
  1. short for raspberry (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for razz

"to hiss or deride," 1920, shortened and altered variant of raspberry (q.v.) in its rhyming slang sense. Related: Razzed; razzing. As a noun, in to give the razz, from 1919.

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