- 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[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[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. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Old French rasper, perhaps of Germanic origin.
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//