raspberry

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

cheer

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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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Cover cake with remaining cream cheese frosting and top with raspberries, sugar flowers, and snowflake transfers, then dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 The Ispahan croissant is a particular favorite, made with raspberry, rose, and lychee. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Paris from $440 Round-Trip," 23 Aug. 2018 Kegs of Libertine’s tart Framboise wild ale are distilled and aged in new American oak barrels with raspberries. SFChronicle.com, "The beers and whiskeys of Seven Stills," 1 July 2018 Divide among serving dishes and top with raspberries. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "Your Holiday Dinner Party Survival Guide," 23 Nov. 2016 The Jordy lip kit, a raspberry red shade, originally retailed for $27, but was slashed to $13.50 (ouch!) as of Friday morning. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "The Jordy Lip Kit Reviews on Kylie Cosmetics' Website Are Brutal," 22 Feb. 2019 The grandchildren, who regularly visit, enjoy picking grapes and raspberries from the gardens. WSJ, "Over 250,000 Votes Later, Hawaii Villa Emerges as the House of the Year," 24 Jan. 2019 My favorite is the raspberry, which lands somewhere between a life-saver and a fancy seltzer, while also being beer. Marian Bull, GQ, "Why You Need Fruity Beers in Your Cooler This Summer," 2 July 2018 Add the raspberries and mix with a fork, lightly crushing the berries but trying to leave some larger chunks. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Fill your home with the aroma of cinnamon swirl bread," 15 June 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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raspberry

noun

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

raspberry

noun
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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