\ˈraz \

Definition of razz 

(Entry 1 of 2)


razzed; razzing; razzes

Definition of razz (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: heckle, deride the fans razzed the visiting players

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Synonyms & Antonyms for razz

Synonyms: Noun

bird [chiefly British], boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, hiss, hoot, jeer, raspberry, snort

Synonyms: Verb

chaff, jive, joke, josh, kid, rally, rib, ride, roast, tease

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of razz in a Sentence


notoriously difficult to please, opera buffs are as quick with a razz as with a rave


We razzed the other team's pitcher. got razzed all day for wearing mismatched sneakers
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That is the unit that earned mainly the razz after being shut out, 31-0, in the playoff, the first such humiliation of Urban Meyer's coaching career. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football 2017: Make way for only regular season that means a lot: Bill Livingston (photos)," 30 Aug. 2017 A bouquet of roses to Wood’s hospital room, but a razz for the failure to communicate. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "On Memorial Day Weekend, hearts are at half-staff but spirits light," 26 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Alli Faricy, director at Camp Foley in Pine River, Minn., said earlier this month, two 12-year-old boys were razzing each other. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "The New Camp Counselor Is a Therapist," 20 July 2018 Behind the scenes, the players razz each other constantly about getting ditched by their previous teams, whether they were exposed in the expansion draft or traded. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Viva Las Vegas: The Golden Knights Have Become the Hottest Act in Hockey," 6 Feb. 2018 DeWolfe razzes the band between sets and, during songs, twirls Schemerle's limp yellow body like a wet towel. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "It's true: The ShowBiz Pizza robot band is back, at a retro arcade bar | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Machado just smiled at the razzing before moving the media session into the hallway out of respect for his teammates. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Manny Machado, the ideal Cub, handles hoopla over arrival like superstar he is," 22 May 2018 Unsurprisingly, just the clip of them razzing Smith on Thursday night about his interview is hysterical. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Dear Knicks: Please don't hire Kenny Smith, ruin best basketball show on TV," 20 Apr. 2018 My esteemed colleague, Jamie Lisanti, razzed me for that as well. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Breaking Down the Details of the Proposed Davis Cup Changes," 28 Feb. 2018 And the whole premise is a bit ridiculous: how many coach travelers on a random flight are going to board the plane ready to razz Scott Pruitt? Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Pruitt Flies First Class To Avoid Unpleasant Interactions With The Riffraff in Coach," 14 Feb. 2018 His untimely travel, which teammates razzed him about after, was the only way the Heat stopped it. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers finding new ways to use Channing Frye, asking him to fill Kevin Love's inside-outside role," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of razz


1917, in the meaning defined above


1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for razz


short for razzberry sound of contempt, alteration of raspberry

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The first known use of razz was in 1917

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English Language Learners Definition of razz

: to make playful or unkind comments about (someone)


\ˈraz \
razzed; razzing

Kids Definition of razz

: to make fun of : tease

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to make faulty or ineffective

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