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ripe raspberries


Etymology 1[edit]

From earlier raspis berry, possibly from raspise (a sweet rose-colored wine), from Anglo-Latin vinum raspeys, of uncertain origin. Possibly related to rasp (coarse, rough), of Germanic origin.[1]


raspberry (plural raspberries)

  1. The plant Rubus idaeus.
  2. Any of many other (but not all) species in the genus Rubus.
  3. The juicy aggregate fruit of these plants.
  4. A red colour, the colour of a ripe raspberry.
Derived terms[edit]
  • Japanese: ラズベリー (razuberī)


raspberry (not comparable)

  1. Containing or having the flavor/flavour of raspberries.
  2. (color) Of a dark pinkish red.
    • 1985, Prince (lyrics and music), “Raspberry Beret”, in Around the World in a Day, performed by Prince and the Revolution:
      She wore a raspberry beret / The kind you find in a second hand store


raspberry (third-person singular simple present raspberries, present participle raspberrying, simple past and past participle raspberried)

  1. To gather or forage for raspberries.
    • 1903, M. E. Waller, A Daughter of the Rich, Little, Brown, and Company, published 1903, page 137:
      [] she stuck burrs in my bed and lead me through the nettle-patch when we were raspberrying, because she knew I did n't know nettles; []
    • 1917, Lucy Maud Montgomery, chapter 37, in Anne's House of Dreams:
      "Owen and she went raspberrying in the woods back of her farm," answered Anne. "They won't be back before supper time—if then."
    • 1944, Cornelius Weygandt, The Heart of New Hampshire: Things Held Dear by Folks of the Old Stocks, G. P. Putnam's Sons, published 1944, page 129:
      [] Mrs. Thrifty was picking pie cherries, two boys were raspberrying, and the fourth son, as I recall it, blueberrying.
    • 1976, Emily Ward, The Way Things Were: An Autobiography of Emily Ward, Newport Press (1976), page 4:
      My mother told my sister Sally and me that if we were good little girls we might go raspberrying up on the mountains when the raspberries were ripe.
    • 1988, Charles McCarry, The Bride of the Wilderness[1], MysteriousPress.com, published 2011, →ISBN:
      In strawberry time she had seen individual bears grazing in the meadows along the bluff, and later, while raspberrying, she heard one gobbling fruit and snorting on the other side of the bush.

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  1. ^ Klein, Dr. Ernest, A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, Amsterdam: Elsevier Scientific Publishing Co., 1971.

Etymology 2[edit]

Cockney rhyming slang, from raspberry tart = fart (though "raspberry" is rarely used for a fart, merely a noise which imitates it). Compare raspberry ripple = cripple.


raspberry (plural raspberries)

  1. (colloquial) A noise intended to imitate the passing of flatulence, made by blowing air out of the mouth while the tongue is protruding from and pressed against the lips, or by blowing air through the lips while they are pressed firmly together or against skin (often a form of tickling) used humorously or to express derision.
    • 2021 December 1, “Network News: Integrated Rail Plan: Osborne predicts HS2 eastern leg will return”, in RAIL, number 945, page 8:
      Of the announcement, Osborne said: "They have spent a hundred billion pounds of public money and they've got a massive raspberry from everyone as far as I can see. As a PR exercise, it's been an object lesson in how not to make a government announcement."
    Synonyms: (US) Bronx cheer, razz
  2. (derogatory, colloquial) A cripple.
Derived terms[edit]


raspberry (third-person singular simple present raspberries, present participle raspberrying, simple past and past participle raspberried)

  1. (colloquial) To make the noise intended to imitate the passing of flatulence.