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
  1. adjective
    unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
    synonyms: grating, gravelly, raspy, rough, scratchy
    cacophonic, cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
  2. noun
    uttering in an irritated tone
    synonyms: rasp
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    type of:
    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
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