[ raz ]
/ ræz /

verb (used with object)

to deride; make fun of; tease.


Nearby words

  1. razor-shell,
  2. razorback,
  3. razorbill auk,
  4. razorblade,
  5. razorfish,
  6. razzamatazz,
  7. razzberry,
  8. razzia,
  9. razzie,
  10. razzle

Origin of razz

1910–15, Americanism; short for raspberry

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Examples from the Web for razzing

  • Lopez admits that as the resident ghost expert he does get a fair bit of razzing from his police officer buddies.

    True Life: I’m a Part-Time Ghost Hunter|Christine Pelisek|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • I thought he was razzing me for a moment, but saw that he really meant it.

    Test Pilot|David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • My grades werent so bad, but you should have heard the razzing I got!

    Betty Lee, Freshman|David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

British Dictionary definitions for razzing


/ (ræz) US and Canadian slang /


(tr) to make fun of; deride


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Word Origin and History for razzing



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper