rasp·​ber·​ry | \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē How to pronounce raspberry (audio) , -b(ə-)rē\

Definition of raspberry

1a : 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 [ 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for raspberry


bird [chiefly British], boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, hiss, hoot, jeer, razz, snort



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Examples of raspberry in a Sentence

One of the children made a raspberry at him. there were raspberries from the audience when the hapless actress kept forgetting her lines

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The secret to that moistness is Greek yogurt and coconut oil — with a tangy assist from plenty of fresh raspberries. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Brunch recipe: Greek Yogurt Raspberry Loaf," 7 Sep. 2019 Fall harvest raspberries will be available, along with late summer tomatoes, apples, locally grown produce, farm products, baked goods, specialty foods and artisan wares. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 Muddle 3 of the raspberries, 2 of the mint sprigs, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Razzmintazz Smash Iced Tea," 21 Aug. 2019 Valravn Zinfandel 2017 Sonoma County, Calif., $21 Spicy and fruity in classic Sonoma County zinfandel style, this juicy red wine bursts with ripe flavors of raspberries and blackberries, seasoned with wild herbs. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This aromatic French chardonnay from Burgundy tastes like a steal at $14," 9 Aug. 2019 Blueberries are usually ready for picking in early to mid-July and raspberries come along in August. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Rainy weather will make it a good berry picking season in the Region," 6 June 2019 The singer accidentally accessorized her all-white sweatsuit with what looks like the remains of a red raspberry. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish Just Had the Most Hilarious Wardrobe Malfunction," 20 Aug. 2019 In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1-2 fresh raspberries and 1-2 jalapeño slices. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Spicy Tequila Recipes Are Exactly What You Need For Your Next Date Night," 26 July 2019 In terms of chocolate pairings, the eggs taste well alongside the chocolate tumbled raspberries ($15). Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appetit, "This Chocolate Isn’t Your Average Easter Basket Candy," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of raspberry

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for raspberry

English dialect rasp raspberry + English berry

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English Language Learners Definition of raspberry

: a soft, red berry that is sweet and juicy
informal : a rude sound made by pushing your tongue outside your lips and blowing air out of your mouth


rasp·​ber·​ry | \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē How to pronounce raspberry (audio) \
plural raspberries

Kids Definition of raspberry

: a sweet juicy red, black, or purple berry of a prickly plant

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