\ˈra-spē \
raspier; raspiest

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Examples of raspy in a Sentence

Her voice was raspy from yelling so much. overwork tends to make him raspy

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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 That makes them all the more proud of When My Heart Felt Volcanic, which features mostly Cristal’s floating, raspy voice over a fusion of alternative rock-pop and lyrics that muse about love, growing pains, and heartbreak. refinery29.com, "The Aces Are The Next Big Thing — But They're Not Like HAIM or A "Gay Band"," 25 May 2018 Young man!’ in a raspy working-class accent, opened his fraying backpack, took out the only thing there—a plastic container of pasta and beans—and handed it to the kid. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "The Tragedy of Venezuela," 24 May 2018 Truth is, Auerbach growls his words more than sings them, and sustaining a note like a raspy-voiced Michael Buble is not part of his repertoire. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Chuck Auerbach follows in the footsteps of his Black Keys son with Beachland gig (concert review)," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of raspy

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 \
raspier; raspiest

Kids Definition of raspy

: having a harsh sound a raspy voice

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