raspberry

noun
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

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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Produce, including garlic, onions, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, beets, radishes, peas, sweet corn, potatoes, squash, celery, cucumbers, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, peaches, cherries, grapes, oranges and raspberries. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Taxing oxygen? It could happen. President Trump threatens wide-ranging tariffs on China," 11 July 2018 And at the same time be buoyed by the confidence of the body-con babes and the micromini-ites: Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel tweed, Amber Valletta in a Saint Laurent LBD (emphasis on the L), and Gigi Hadid (all curves and cut-outs) in raspberry Mugler. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Her Sweet Whispers are crisp, yet airy little cookies with key lime, passion fruit, blackberry or raspberry preserves tucked inside; more flavors are on the way. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Light as Air and Filled With Flavor," 2 July 2018 Drizzles include hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel, raspberry and/or blackberry. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "New to Leawood: Donut shop where you can top doughnuts with bacon, ice cream, more," 29 June 2018 Hours for berry picking seasons (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry) are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 Davis will have carrots and potatoes available this week, along with eggs, cuts of pork, raspberry jam, pumpkin butter and apple butter. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s a great time to fill the freezer with Alaska-grown beef," 11 Apr. 2018 The friskiest wine in his lineup is the Paul J. Wines 2016 Amador County Zinfandel ($26), which seizes with balance and zest all the juicy raspberry and blackberry notes that the varietal is recognized for giving in the foothills. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 The Halls also grow raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries as well as pear, peach, and apple trees - from which Carmen Hall makes preserves. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Willington Celebrates Farm Day," 21 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

: 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 \
plural raspberries

Kids Definition of raspberry

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

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