Definition of raspberry in English:


nounPlural raspberries

  • 1An edible soft fruit related to the blackberry, consisting of a cluster of reddish-pink drupelets.

    • ‘So I put whole fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries into the strawberry base.’
    • ‘Add the raspberries and peaches and poach for 5 minutes.’
    • ‘Stick a toothpick in the center of blackberries, strawberries, raspberries or sliced bananas.’
    • ‘In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup frozen raspberries and 1 tablespoon maple syrup.’
    • ‘Strain into a shot glass or Martini glass and garnish with a fresh raspberry.’
    • ‘Still, we do still have fresh raspberries and strawberries in the garden.’
    • ‘In a food processor or blender, whirl 4 cups rinsed fresh or thawed frozen raspberries until smooth.’
    • ‘Gently mix the blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and caster sugar and arrange in a buttered one-litre pie or gratin dish.’
    • ‘"There, believe it or not, were several naked ladies picking raspberries.’
    • ‘Other fruits available were wild blackberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, and melons.’
    • ‘In the forest by her house we picked wild raspberries, and I got stung by nettles.’
    • ‘Put frozen raspberries in small saucepan on stove with 3 tablespoons apple juice or water.’
    • ‘I try to make it healthier by adding some raspberries.’
    • ‘To serve, arrange the red fingerling bananas, blackberries, raspberries, dehydrated mangoes, and Brazil nuts on a large plate.’
    • ‘Toss fresh raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries to make a fruit salad.’
    • ‘On the fruit spectrum there are raspberries and cherries, and the flavors are open, not masked by harsh tannins.’
    • ‘Early in this century, black raspberries were just as popular as red raspberries.’
    • ‘Steve and his girlfriend Amy busied themselves with a cheesecake to prop up the just-picked blackberries and raspberries from the garden.’
    • ‘Towards the end of July a friend and I went up to Inverness to pick raspberries.’
    • ‘Fresh soft fruits such as raspberries may be incorporated in the mixture or served with it.’
  • 2The plant which yields the raspberry, forming tall stiff prickly stems or ‘canes’.

    Rubus idaeus, family Rosaceae; cultivars include the loganberry, tayberry, and veitchberry

    • ‘Woody plants including gooseberries, raspberries and even roses may suffer from dieback after their leaves wilt and shrivel, changing to brown.’
    • ‘Cane gall affects black and purple raspberries more frequently than red raspberries or blackberries.’
    • ‘Powdery mildew affects susceptible cultivars of red, black, and purple raspberries.’
    • ‘A simpler way to prune these raspberries is to cut the whole planting to the ground in autumn.’
    • ‘We've discovered that we had some strawberry plants underneath the raspberries as well.’
    • ‘There were figs, walnuts, mulberries, apples, pears, damsons, gooseberries, elderberries, raspberries - and chickens, which we had inherited from the previous owners.’
    • ‘Red raspberries are generally grown in " hedgerows " in Ohio.’
    • ‘The wild raspberries, the white clover, and the sea air would suit you to a tee.’
    • ‘Purple and yellow raspberries are less widely grown than the others, but demand is strong.’
    • ‘Plant blackcaps as far away as possible from red raspberries or other cultivated brambles, and remove existing wild berries if practical, or your new plants may soon pick up diseases.’
    • ‘Black raspberries do not produce root suckers as do red raspberries.’
    • ‘The borders are pretty much full of the usual sort of things: cherry trees, broom, hawthorn, raspberries, rhubarb, pyracantha, clematis, birch, and like so.’
    • ‘Aboveground sprinklers cover large areas, such as lawns, most effectively but may encourage the spread of disease on roses, raspberries, beans, and other susceptible plants.’
    • ‘‘The Berry Garden,’ in another area, contains raspberries, boysenberries, huckleberries and gooseberries.’
    • ‘Rule number one in growing black raspberries is: Don't do what I did!’
    • ‘Black and purple raspberries and blackberries are usually trained to the linear system.’
    • ‘The state that grows the most black raspberries is Oregon, with about 1,000 acres planted.’
    • ‘A few steps later I found a cluster of wild strawberries, and then a tangle of wild raspberries.’
    • ‘You don't have to worry about plants spreading underground like red raspberries, because most black raspberry shoots arise right at the base of the plant.’
    • ‘To the rear of Old Hall is a large walled garden that has lawns and a variety of plants and shrubs, as well as strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, rhubarb, plum and apple trees.’
  • 3mass noun A deep reddish-pink colour.

    as modifier ‘a raspberry tweed jacket’
    • ‘Dark berry colours will also be very popular; plum, aubergine, dark raspberry and even chocolate colours.’
    • ‘Werner's voice was a bit sharp; he was rattled by something almost feverish in her tone, and those twin spots of raspberry colour high on Gretina's normally sallow cheeks.’
    • ‘Her collection for the Spring and Summer includes pin-tucked dresses and skirts in vibrant shades of midnight blue and raspberry pink.’
    • ‘That one had insects, grit and vegetation perfectly condensed but coloured a deep raspberry.’
    • ‘She blushed, that deep, mottled raspberry stain fair-skinned girls show, and I left her alone.’
    • ‘With light streaming in from the rooflights, the hallway is transformed into the heart of the building, the deep raspberry of the boundary wall reflecting back onto the white plaster to create an unexpected pinkish radiance.’
    • ‘Forget the pale shades of summer, autumn demands fire and passion, so be bold and brighten up your mood by adding hot pink, raspberry or deep plum shades, all with vinyl gloss, available from Estee Lauder counters this weekend.’
    • ‘A while back I had a tremendous misadventure while attempting to use one of those streak-yer-hair dye jobbies to give myself some big, chunky, cool raspberry highlights.’
    • ‘To make the large, high-ceilinged rooms flow together seamlessly, the designer repeated tones of sage green, raspberry red, and gold in the fabrics.’
    • ‘Shell pink, raspberry pink, purple, mauve and turquoise are just some of the colours that will dominate.’
    • ‘There are lots of pastel colours in the Endora rage, but it also has striking monotone combinations, smart navy, warm fucshia and raspberry red.’
    • ‘Deep raspberry red in colour, nearer to a shade you might associate with red wine than what you might expect of a rose.’
    • ‘The flower girls were Kara and Shannon McGovern, nieces of the bridegroom, who wore full length white gowns with raspberry coloured sashes.’
    • ‘Just to use colors, as one example, the current culinary-conversion chart has rose rolling over to raspberry beige becoming biscuit and sienna segueing to cinnamon.’
    • ‘A metallic purple or raspberry shirt is a perfect complement to a black or gray suit.’
    • ‘And colour heats up in mixes of raspberry and flamingo.’
  • 4informal A sound made with the tongue and lips, expressing derision or contempt.

    ‘Clare blew a raspberry’
    • ‘She put her arm around me and blew a raspberry on my neck.’
    • ‘He blew a long, loud raspberry, spraying Bob with spittle.’
    • ‘He blew a raspberry on her neck and she just laughed.’
    • ‘The distinct sound of raspberries came through the speaker and Mike could see the couple on the other end of the video link almost doubled over.’
    • ‘John looked at them with tired eyes and blew a raspberry.’
    • ‘Gaffle stuck his tongue out at Pintom and blew a raspberry.’
    • ‘Wylie lifted her up and blew a raspberry on her stomach but stopped when he noticed Maddy watching him.’
    • ‘Kat raised her head momentarily and blew a pesky strand of hair out of her eyes, fluttering her lips so that a raspberry gently sounded.’
    • ‘The lights went out on the board, and a sound reminiscent of a raspberry came from the computer's speakers.’
    • ‘Chiaki blew a raspberry at him as she tried to get to shore as fast as she could.’
    • ‘Wind stuck his tongue out and blew a particularly loud raspberry in Dragons direction.’
    • ‘David playfully blew a raspberry on my stomach.’
    • ‘Rhea blew a raspberry with her tongue and fiddled with the fabric she was lying on.’
    • ‘When she reached the fence, she stuck her tongue out at the little kids and blew a raspberry.’
    • ‘And when I was about to follow her, someone, or someTHING, I never wanted to see again appeared and blew a raspberry right in my face.’
    • ‘Frustrated, I blew a raspberry and flopped haphazardly on the couch to face him.’
    • ‘And it stuck its tongue out and blew a raspberry.’
    • ‘Brandon bent down and blew a raspberry on her stomach, causing her to squeal.’
    • ‘Hitomi continued to glare at Mer who blew a raspberry at her.’
    • ‘Leo made the raspberry like sound at Helen's back and when she turned around to look at him, he was laying on Rose's lap purring.’
    whistle, boo, hiss, jeer, hoot, brickbat, taunt, shout of derision
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Early 17th century: from dialect rasp, abbreviation of obsolete raspis ‘raspberry’ (also used as a collective), of unknown origin, + berry.