rasp·​ber·​ry | \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē, -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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Though fans of the cold beverage can choose from a variety of flavors, including piña colada, blue raspberry and wild cherry, for their free drink, this year’s featured flavor is a frozen twist on a classic cereal: Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "7-Eleven Is Giving Out Free Slurpees on Wednesday—Plus More Freebies All Week Long," 10 July 2018 Picking ripe, juicy cherries, raspberries and blueberries at the same time — from the same orchard or garden — is quite a treat. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "It’s a June thing: Cherries, blueberries and raspberries are all ripe right now," 28 June 2018 Stade’s Farm offers you-pick summer and fall raspberries. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Blueberry, raspberry picking season is almost here," 27 June 2018 Green Teagan and Sara This one features a matcha green tea glaze sprinkled with black sesame seeds and a light dusting of freeze dried raspberry. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every Signature Doughnut at Donut Friend, Ranked," 1 June 2018 Add 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, stirring until berries form a pulp. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Distill their hearts: Why craft liquor and weddings are the hottest new pairing | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Now is the time to be dividing other people’s raspberries because the new shoots are still small enough to transplant happily. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "April 27-May 3: In the garden, it's time to…," 26 Apr. 2018 The collection's shade range (from deep raspberry to rose gold) varies enough for new beauty looks over the holidays and clear through to New Year's. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 In a small saucepan, stir together the raspberry jam, raspberry liqueur, and 1 tablespoon water and cook over low heat until warm, stirring to dissolve. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 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

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


rasp·​ber·​ry | \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē \
plural raspberries

Kids Definition of raspberry

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

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