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


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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For dessert, guests chose between three gluten-free cakes: coconut, which is Matt’s favorite, a vegan carrot, and lemon-raspberry—all created by Lilac Patisserie in Santa Barbara. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 Tea Forte, 91 Newbury Tea Forte sells 93 types of tea and features a tasting table where customers can sample fun flavors like caramel nougat and raspberry ganache. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a look at the new shops opening on Newbury Street this summer," 25 May 2018 Chopra's long raven mane was curled into Veronica Lake waves, her luminous complexion was swirled with rosy blush, and a wash of raspberry highlighted her mouth. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Makes Her Cannes Debut With a Modern Twist on Old Hollywood Beauty," 16 May 2019 There were also roasted-beet salads with honeyed goat cheese, and dessert trays (panna cotta, cheesecake, tartlets featuring raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) that formed a pretty assemblage of reds, whites, and blues. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Slow, Awkward Death of the White House Correspondents' Dinner," 29 Apr. 2018 David Harper crouches down to make reverent final nudges to a few fat raspberries tucked into a lattice of chocolate cream. Claire Mcneill, Bon Appetit, "Inside the National Pie Championships: Keep Calm and Carry Cool Whip," 13 Apr. 2018 However misplaced the accents, this was a beautiful Viennese tribute to America, with every detail exquisitely balanced, down to the last chord — raucously dissonant with every note of the scale but one — treated as a respectful raspberry. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "In Mexico City, a famed orchestra is no match for the spirit of 160 student musicians led by Dudamel," 8 Mar. 2018 But Nebbiolo, the grape better known as the source of great Barolo and Barbaresco reds, is also behind this crisp, dry sparkling rosé marked by bountiful aromas of raspberries and cherries. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 The shelf below is home to fresh produce like carrot and celery sticks, pints of raspberries and blackberries, Cava and Hope hummus, and Gotham Greens pesto. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 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
informal : a rude sound made by pushing your tongue outside your lips and blowing air out of your mouth


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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