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rasp

verb \ ˈrasp \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rasp

transitive verb
1 : to rub with something rough; specifically : to abrade with a rasp
2 : to grate upon : irritate
3 : to utter in a raspy tone
intransitive verb
1 : scrape
2 : to produce a grating sound

rasper

noun

raspingly

play \ˈra-spiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of rasp in a Sentence

  1. “Let go of my arm,” she rasped.

  2. The metal boxes rasped as they were dragged across the floor.

Recent Examples of rasp from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rasp

Middle English, from Anglo-French *rasper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German raspōn to scrape together

rasp Synonyms

Synonyms
buff, file, hone, grind, rub, sand
Related Words
plane, scrape; sandblast, scour; burnish, dress, gloss, polish, shine, smooth; edge, hone, sharpen, strop, whet; regrind
Near Antonyms
coarsen, rough (up), roughen, scuff

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rasp

noun

Definition of rasp

1 : a coarse file with cutting points instead of lines
2 : something used for rasping
3 a : an act of rasping
b : a rasping sound, sensation, or effect

Examples of rasp in a Sentence

  1. the rusted lock opened with a rasp

Recent Examples of rasp from the Web

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First Known Use of rasp

circa 1512

rasp Synonyms


RASP Defined for English Language Learners

rasp

verb

Definition of rasp for English Language Learners

  • : to speak in a way that sounds rough or harsh

  • : to make a rough, harsh sound

  • : to rub (something) with a rough object or substance


rasp

noun

Definition of rasp for English Language Learners

  • : a metal tool that has sharp points and that is used to make rough surfaces smooth

  • : a rough, harsh sound


RASP Defined for Kids

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rasp

verb \ ˈrasp \

Definition of rasp for Students

rasped; rasping
1 : to say with or make a harsh sound
  • “Who was it?” I rasped, holding my breath.
  • —Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder
2 : to rub with or as if with a rough object or substance
  • I rasped off the rough edges.

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rasp

noun

Definition of rasp for Students

1 : a harsh sound or sensation
2 : a coarse file used for shaping or smoothing


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