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[ras-pee, rah-spee] /ˈræs pi, ˈrɑ spi/
adjective, raspier, raspiest.
harsh; grating; rasping.
easily annoyed; irritable.
Origin of raspy
1830-40; rasp + -y1
Related forms
raspiness, noun
unraspy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for raspy
  • His voice is described as being deep, rough or raspy.
  • Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel.
  • It is a brief, raspy rattle, usually in a group of two to three with about a second of silence between each call.
  • She rolls her r's with a percussive vengeance, and sometimes lets loose a raspy holler.
  • Song: a musical, springy, and rapid warbled song interspersed with raspy notes.
  • Another note, which is raspy, resembles that of the blue-gray gnatcatcher.
  • He carried on gamely even when his voice grew raspy and hoarse midway through the twenty-minute speech.
  • He was tall, with a crew cut, and his voice was raspy from years of inhaling smoke from fires and cigarettes.
  • He heard the clock tick, his own breath returning, jagged and raspy.
  • His band has a rollicking, gospel-tinged momentum, and his raspy voice still goes right through you.
British Dictionary definitions for raspy


(esp of a noise) harsh or grating; rough
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Word Origin and History for raspy

1670s, of plants; by 1821 of voices, from rasp + -y (2).

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