\ ˈra-spē How to pronounce raspy (audio) \
raspier; raspiest

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Her voice was raspy from yelling so much. overwork tends to make him raspy
Recent Examples on the Web The exhaust note from the two-into-one muffler with two exits is pleasantly raspy on the over-run — sociable but still audible. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ready for an adventure?," 16 Aug. 2020 Iris is a striking woman in her mid-30s, a former cosmetics salesperson who speaks in a low, raspy voice. Washington Post, "Clinging to hope of a life in the U.S., migrants in this Mexican camp united to practice their own brand of democracy," 3 June 2020 Apparently, the hip hop mogul’s signature raspy voice and distinctive rap cadence have become popular material for those creating humorous audio impersonations using deepfake technology. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. engineers should spend time training not just algorithms, but also the humans who use them," 5 May 2020 The opening act begins at dusk with the male making what is typically described as a series of distinct nasal peeent sounds (to me the call is more a raspy bzeeent, similar to the nighthawk’s), spaced five or six seconds apart. Tom Fegely, Field & Stream, "Don’t Miss the Woodcock’s Spring Courtship Flight," 13 Apr. 2020 John Prine, an iconic singer-songwriter who was known for his thoughtful lyrics, raspy voice and wry sense of humor, has died at age 73. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "John Prine, one of America’s iconic singer-songwriters, dies at 73," 8 Apr. 2020 Will coach Tom Izzo give a breathless postgame interview in a raspy voice from way, WAY too much yelling? Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The 2020 NCAA tournament that could have been: A Sweet 16 for Michigan State basketball?," 20 Mar. 2020 Christina Simons for The New York Times When Lee Lee developed a raspy cough three weeks ago, there were only a handful of coronavirus cases in Australia. Damien Cave, New York Times, "Shutting Themselves Inside to Avoid Being a Burden to Others," 25 Mar. 2020 From all of the clues to the raspy by sweet voice itself, there's no way that Woods isn't the kangaroo. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Jordyn Woods Just Responded To That Masked Singer Theory," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of raspy

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Raspy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raspy. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of raspy

: having a rough, harsh sound


\ ˈras-pē How to pronounce raspy (audio) \
raspier; raspiest

Kids Definition of raspy

: having a harsh sound a raspy voice

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