\ 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

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Repurposed audio bits from a 2013 interview by-then raspy-voiced Radziwill did with filmmaker Sofia Coppola provide an extra layer of latter-day insight. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "'That Summer' goes behind the scenes at Grey Gardens, to mixed effect," 24 May 2018 Then, as if someone flipped a switch, the dog stood on his hind legs and with a raspy growl tried to sink its fangs into my right shoulder blade. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "I Never Expected My Work Jacket to Fend Off a Dog Attack—But I'm Glad It Did," 13 Nov. 2018 Out of character, the actor, writer and director speaks with a thick, raspy New Jersey Italian accent, his language as salty as the air in Asbury Park. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Mark Your Calendar: Danny DeVito Day Declared in Jersey," 27 Apr. 2018 The girl complained afterward of dizziness, a raspy voice and a sore throat, the charges say, and had scratches and red marks on her neck. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Kent woman charged with assaulting girl, 11, at basketball game," 24 July 2018 One of Cariou’s chief charms is a deep, slightly raspy voice that’s like the low rumble of thunder at midnight. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "With 'Broadway and the Bard,' Len Cariou helps us hear the music in Shakespeare," 29 June 2018 Nuggets of fried okra made up the best side dish by far, hot and crisp with a ragged and raspy breading spiked with cornmeal. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Get the South out of your mouth at Hoppin’ John," 5 July 2018 There are no jangly guitars or raspy vocals or thrashing percussion. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "Dogs At Large bringing a new touch to the Chicago sound," 15 Feb. 2018 A few months later, his voice took on a raspy edge. CNN, "To be herself, she needs to change her body. But first, comes the battle with insurers," 31 May 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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