from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Rough; grating.

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  • adj. Rough, raw, especially used to describe vocal quality.
  • adj. Irritable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a rasp, or the sound made by a rasp; grating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Grating; harsh; rough.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound


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rasp +‎ -y


  • The coach's voice was raspy from the punishment of the previous 48 hours, and the joy of the moment caused the words to tumble out. - Lower seeds are on high

  • It is, by the way, very worth noting that LaMontane's voice has been described as raspy, gravelly and a huskier, sandpaper version of Van Morrison.

    Ellen Sterling: Ray LaMontagne: Digging Deep And Doing What He Does

  • It doesn't matter if it has that like kind of raspy thing because it works with his voice.

    CNN Transcript May 29, 2006

  • He said he didn't want that to happen because his voice was "raspy," that's the exact word.

    CNN Transcript Feb 16, 2006

  • And first, let me apologize for my kind of raspy voice.

    CNN Transcript May 5, 2005

  • His banter with newsmen Walter Cronkite and Roger Mudd and his unmistakable "raspy" voice made him famous throughout the country and the world. - Financial News

  • Ms. Martinez gives Tarlotte the right kind of raspy, whiny child voice to match the whacked-out sociopath that Tarlotte clearly is.

    Mania News Feed

  • Danny still has a great voice, think it is the kind of raspy quality that makes us like him.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Robin Hood, whose middle section in duple time allows Znaider to apply the kind of raspy, swashbuckling sounds appropriate to the extrovert personality of this lyrically popular kind of symphonic writing.

    Audiophile Audition Headlines

  • The leader then spoke in a raspy voice and declared that he was Admiral Nearchus, just arrived from India, and asked to be led to Alexander himself to tell his tale.

    Alexander the Great


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