Something that's rasping has a harsh, scratchy sound. If your old car's rasping engine gets even louder, you might want to take it to a mechanic.

You'll most often find the adjective rasping describing someone's voice: "His rasping singing voice accompanied the choir," or "I was so thirsty after the hike that i could only make a dry, rasping sound when I tried to talk." To rasp means to scrape, from the Old French verb rasper, or "to grate."

Definitions of rasping

adj unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

grating, gravelly, raspy, rough, scratchy
cacophonic, cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound

n uttering in an irritated tone

Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

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