Raspy Rasp"y (r[.a]sp"[y^]), a. Like a rasp, or the sound made by a rasp; grating. --R. D. Blackmore. [1913 Webster]

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  • raspy — 1670s, of plants; by 1821 of voices, from RASP (Cf. rasp) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • raspy — [adj] rough cracked, croaky, dry, grating, gravelly, gruff, harsh, hoarse, husky, scratchy, thick, throaty; concept 594 …   New thesaurus

  • raspy — [ras′pē, räs′pē] adj. raspier, raspiest 1. rasping; grating 2. easily irritated raspiness n …   English World dictionary

  • raspy — [[t]rɑ͟ːspi, ræ̱s [/t]] ADJ If someone has a raspy voice, they make rough sounds as if they have a sore throat or have difficulty in breathing. [LITERARY] Both men sang in a deep, raspy tone... Her voice was raspy with nicotine and whiskey. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • raspy — adjective /ˈɹɑː.spɪ,ˈɹæsp.i/ a) Rough, raw, especially used to describe vocal quality. His incessant coughing made his voice sound raspy. b) Irritable. Syn: grating, harsh, hoarse …   Wiktionary

  • raspy — adj. Raspy is used with these nouns: ↑voice …   Collocations dictionary

  • raspy — rasp ► NOUN 1) a coarse file for use on metal, wood, or other hard material. 2) a harsh, grating noise. ► VERB 1) file with a rasp. 2) (of a rough surface or object) scrape in a painful or unpleasant way. 3) make a harsh, grating noise …   English terms dictionary

  • raspy — adjective (raspier; est) Date: 1838 1. harsh, grating 2. irritable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • raspy — raspiness, n. /ras pee, rah spee/, adj., raspier, raspiest. 1. harsh; grating; rasping. 2. easily annoyed; irritable. [1830 40; RASP + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • raspy — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. scratchy, rough, whiskey voiced, hoarse, harsh, gritty, grating, gravelly. ANT.: smooth, soothing, pleasant II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Disagreeable to the sense of hearing: dry, grating, harsh, hoarse,… …   English dictionary for students

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