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raspberry

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noun rasp·ber·ry \ˈraz-ˌber-ē, -b(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of raspberry

  • : a soft, red berry that is sweet and juicy

  • : a rude sound made by pushing your tongue outside your lips and blowing air out of your mouth

Full Definition of raspberry

  1. 1 a :  any of various usually black or red edible berries that are aggregate fruits consisting of numerous small drupes on a fleshy receptacle and that are usually rounder and smaller than the closely related blackberries b :  a perennial plant (genus Rubus) of the rose family that bears raspberries

  2. 2 [short for raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart] :  a sound of contempt made by protruding the tongue between the lips and expelling air forcibly to produce a vibration; broadly :  an expression of disapproval or contempt

Examples of raspberry

  1. One of the children made a raspberry at him.

  2. <there were raspberries from the audience when the hapless actress kept forgetting her lines>



Illustration of raspberry

Origin of raspberry

English dialect rasp raspberry + English berry


First Known Use: circa 1616



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