• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rasper rȧsp"ẽr One who, or that which, rasps; a scraper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rasper One who or that which rasps; a cutting scraper. Specifically— A coarse file for removing the burnt crust from over-baked bread.
    • n rasper In hunting, a difficult fence.
    • n rasper A contrivance for taking fish, consisting of several bare hooks fastened back to back, to be jerked through the water with a line; a pull-devil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rasper that which rasps:
    • Rasper (coll.) a difficult fence
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rasper (Fr. râper)—Old High Ger. raspōn, whence Ger. raspeln, to rasp.


In literature:

He's what you may call a rasper, is Nickleby.
"The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby" by Charles Dickens
Behind was big Rasper, and close to him Lassie.
"Bob, Son of Battle" by Alfred Ollivant
Two more horses, Rasper and N'gress were found knocked up.
"The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine" by Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
Rasper's fly is waiting for us, and the parson has no manners.
"Erema" by R. D. Blackmore
Cromwell and his tawnies found it a rasper in my vather's time, and Monmouth is like to do the same.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
"Punch, or The London Charivari, Vol. 100., Jan. 17, 1891" by Various
The two Dicks can have Scrub and Rasper.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, August 28, 1841" by Various
The two Dicks can have Scrub and Rasper.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
It's on us too, and a rasper!
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They've clar'd out Yellow Bluff, an' are pourin' like Niagara down upon Rasper's Creek.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

She raced at the rasper, I felt my knees grasp her,
I found my hands give to her strain on the bit;
She rose when The Clown did — our silks as we bounded
Brush'd lightly, our stirrups clash'd loud as we lit.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon