rasping

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
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adj unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

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

n uttering in an irritated tone

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

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