raspberry

noun rasp·ber·ry \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē , -b(ə-)rē \

Definition of raspberry

1 a :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

Examples of raspberry in a Sentence

  1. One of the children made a raspberry at him.

  2. there were raspberries from the audience when the hapless actress kept forgetting her lines

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Origin and Etymology of raspberry

English dialect rasp raspberry + English berry

raspberry Synonyms

Synonyms
bird [chiefly British], boo, Bronx cheer, hiss, hoot, jeer, catcall, razz, snort
Antonyms
cheer
Related Words
smirk, sneer, snicker, snigger; gibe (or jibe), put-down, taunt; whistle
Near Antonyms
applause, clapping

RASPBERRY Defined for English Language Learners

raspberry

noun

Definition of raspberry for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

raspberry

noun rasp·ber·ry \ ˈraz-ˌber-ē \

Definition of raspberry for Students

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


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