- to scrape or rub with or as with a file
- to utter in a rough, grating tone
- to grate upon; irritate: giggling that rasped his nerves
Origin of raspMiddle English raspen from Old French rasper from Old High German raspon, to scrape together, akin to Old English hrespan, to strip, spoil
- to scrape roughly; grate
- to make a rough, grating sound
- a type of rough file with raised points instead of ridges, used esp. on wood
- a rough, grating sound
- an act of rasping
- A coarse file with sharp, pointed projections.
- The act of filing with a rasp.
- A harsh grating sound.
verbrasped, rasp·ing, rasps
- To file or scrape with a rasp.
- To utter in a grating voice.
- To grate on (nerves or feelings).
- To scrape harshly; grate.
- To make a harsh, grating sound.
Origin of raspOld French raspe from rasper to rasp of Germanic origin V., Middle English raspen from Middle Dutch raspen from Old French rasper
(third-person singular simple present rasps, present participle rasping, simple past and past participle rasped)
- (intransitive) To use a rasp.
- (intransitive) To make a noise similar to the one a rasp makes in use; to utter rasps.
- To work something with a rasp.
- to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder
- (figuratively) To grate harshly upon; to offend by coarse or rough treatment or language.
- Some sounds rasp the ear.
- His insults rasped my temper.