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


boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, hiss, hoot, jeer, 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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If desired, add red grapes or raspberries after the marshmallows to make a red, white and blue pattern on the stick. Jennifer Mcclellan, ajc, "6 colorful Fourth of July recipes to make your party sparkle," 4 July 2018 The default username is pi and the default password is raspberry. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 Sayeed used sheer silk drapery punctuated with bands of raspberry to boldly frame the room. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Raspberry accents jazz up a formal living room," 18 May 2018 Some varieties of raspberries require as many as 800 hours of chill before flowering and producing fruit. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Despite mild winter, Treasure Valley fruit trees likely are doing OK | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018 Banfield chose a three-tiered wedding cake in three different flavors: chocolate, raspberry and Vermont maple. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Ashleigh Banfield’s Surprise Wedding! How She Fooled 50 of Her Closest Friends," 10 Jan. 2018 Matcha Bellini This cocktail takes a typically brunch Bellini and adds a traditional Japanese drink, matcha tea, to a blend of raspberries. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Noyane's new cocktails put a Japanese spin on brunch," 28 June 2017 In my mind, I hadn't decorated with an abundance of pink, just some watermelons and raspberries and salmons… which my fiancé resolutely insisted were all pink. Kristin Newman, ELLE Decor, "How I Translated My Single-Girl Style To A House Full Of Males," 19 May 2014 Both possessed bright red fruit flavors — strawberries, red raspberries, Montmorency cherries — light, forward, juicy and translucent, with textures that emphasize immediacy over complexity. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Why you should be drinking Gamay Noir this summer," 11 July 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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