Definition of rasp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rasp

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɑːsp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræsp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rasp
    BrE BrE//rɑːsp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræsp//
     
    he / she / it rasps
    BrE BrE//rɑːsps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræsps//
     
    past simple rasped
    BrE BrE//rɑːspt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræspt//
     
    past participle rasped
    BrE BrE//rɑːspt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræspt//
     
    -ing form rasping
    BrE BrE//ˈrɑːspɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræspɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to say something in a rough unpleasant voice synonym croak + speech ‘Where have you been?’ she rasped. rasp (something) (out) He rasped out some instructions.
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a rough unpleasant sound synonym grate a rasping cough/voice He struggled to the top of the hill, his breath rasping loudly.
  3. 3[transitive] rasp something to rub a surface with a rasp or with something rough that works or feels like a rasp The wind rasped his face.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Old French rasper, perhaps of Germanic origin.
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