\ 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

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Sheeran’s versatile with his raspy tenor, able to pull off both falsetto weepiness and singing-comedian patter. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Makes Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran," 17 July 2019 Over the phone, Downe is a likeable, raspy-voiced rascal. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "An ’80s glam-metal survivor tells all," 9 July 2019 During the seventh inning stretch of the Cubs' 9-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves, the iconic puppet sang in his signature raspy voice while providing a comedic edge. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Cookie Monster dominated 'Take Me Out To the Ballgame' at Cubs game," 28 June 2019 Still, Freddy Cole’s raspy voice and muscular pianism are singular hallmarks and explain why listeners still seek him out. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "The cultural challenges of staging a 1931 jazz operetta in 2019," 26 June 2019 Her mighty singing voice is raspy and coquettish, with bombastic bursts of feeling, much like that of one of her idols, Eartha Kitt. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Amber Gray’s Ferocious Twist on the Goddess Persephone in “Hadestown”," 6 June 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce raspy (audio) \
raspier; raspiest

Kids Definition of raspy

: having a harsh sound a raspy voice

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