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[raz-ber-ee, -buh-ree, rahz-] /ˈræzˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈrɑz-/
noun, plural raspberries.
the fruit of any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family, consisting of small and juicy red, black, or pale yellow drupelets forming a detachable cap about a convex receptacle.
any shrub bearing this fruit.
a dark reddish-purple color.
  1. Bronx cheer.
  2. any sign or expression of dislike or derision.
Origin of raspberry
1615-25; earlier rasp(is) raspberry (< ?) + berry; (def 4) by shortening of raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart Unabridged
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  • He fed the young bird two or three raspberries, and then quietly slipped away.

    Brooks's Readers, Third Year Stratton D. Brooks
  • Suppose you come out to the garden with me to pick some raspberries?

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • raspberries and plums may be used in place of the peaches for variety.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • Her lips and fingers were red with raspberries, for she had found big ones.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • "Peter says there's any amount of raspberries back in the maple clearing," said Dan.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for raspberries


/ˈrɑːzbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
any of the prickly shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, such as R. strigosus of E North America and R. idaeus of Europe, that have pinkish-white flowers and typically red berry-like fruits (drupelets) See also bramble
  1. the fruit of any such plant
  2. (as modifier): raspberry jelly
black raspberry, Popular name blackcap
  1. a related plant, Rubus occidentalis, of E North America, that has black berry-like fruits
  2. the fruit of this plant
  1. a dark purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective): a raspberry dress
a spluttering noise made with the tongue and lips to express contempt (esp in the phrase blow a raspberry)
Word Origin
C17: from earlier raspis raspberry, of unknown origin + berry: C19 in sense 5, from rhyming slang raspberry tart fart
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Word Origin and History for raspberries



1620s, earlier raspis berry (1540s), possibly from raspise "a sweet rose-colored wine" (mid-15c.), from Anglo-Latin vinum raspeys, origin uncertain, as is the connection between this and Old French raspe, Medieval Latin raspecia, raspeium, also meaning "raspberry." One suggestion is via Old Walloon raspoie "thicket," of Germanic origin. Klein suggests it is via the French word, from a Germanic source akin to English rasp (v.), with an original sense of "rough berry," based on appearance.

A native plant of Europe and Asiatic Russia, the name was applied to a similar vine in North America. Meaning "rude sound" (1890) is shortening of raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for raspberries



An exclamation of disbelief, defiance, disgust, etc; nuts (1925+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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