verb \ˈrasp\

: to speak in a way that sounds rough or harsh

: to make a rough, harsh sound

: to rub (something) with a rough object or substance

Full Definition of RASP

transitive verb
:  to rub with something rough; specifically :  to abrade with a rasp
:  to grate upon :  irritate
:  to utter in a raspy tone
intransitive verb
:  scrape
:  to produce a grating sound
rasp·er noun
rasp·ing·ly \ˈras-piŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of RASP

  1. Let go of my arm, she rasped.
  2. The metal boxes rasped as they were dragged across the floor.

Origin of RASP

Middle English, from Anglo-French *rasper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German raspōn to scrape together
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with RASP



: a metal tool that has sharp points and that is used to make rough surfaces smooth

: a rough, harsh sound

Full Definition of RASP

:  a coarse file with cutting points instead of lines
:  something used for rasping
a :  an act of rasping
b :  a rasping sound, sensation, or effect

Examples of RASP

  1. <the rusted lock opened with a rasp>

First Known Use of RASP

circa 1512

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