\ ˈra-spē How to pronounce raspy (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Richard Bernstein, as Nefertiti’s father, and Will Liverman, as the general Horemhab, were solid anchors around the slightly raspy high priest trapped in another stiff costume, sung by Aaron Blake. Washington Post, "A new leader and new sounds at the Met: Philip Glass’s striking ‘Akhnaten’," 17 Nov. 2019 And for me, Bruce is this raspy-voiced dude that talks about growing up in a small town in Jersey. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Hasan Minhaj’s Week: From ‘The Lion King’ to a Trim With Jay-Z," 14 Nov. 2019 But at the center of it all is the raspy-voiced force of nature who, in her brief but fiery career, helped define a generation. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies celebrates Janis Joplin in touring show at Balboa," 20 Oct. 2019 Mam is produced far back in the mouth and comes out softly raspy. Rachel Nolan, The New Yorker, "A Translation Crisis at the Border," 30 Dec. 2019 The exhaust note is hard-edged and raspy when pressed, with a smattering of pops and bangs on a lifted throttle in Sport and Sport Plus mode. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Aston Martin DBX Is Better Late Than Never," 15 Jan. 2020 Seger’s unmistakable plaintive, raspy vocals suited the band’s potent presentation perfectly. al, "The night the original punks came to Birmingham," 19 Nov. 2019 Tousle-haired with a raspy voice and a pouch of snus tobacco permanently lodged under his upper lip, Hånsa, as his friends call him, makes no effort to deviate from the affable Swedish fisherman of central casting. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 With its engagingly spare, straightforward prose, written mostly in Sheeran’s first-person voice, the book is also nigh-impossible to read without hearing De Niro’s raspy narration in your head. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "7 books to read this Oscar season before you see the movie," 21 Nov. 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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