Definition of razz in English:



[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Tease (someone) playfully.

    ‘his co-workers razz him about it’
    • ‘Apparently, some of the guys at school started to figure things out and were razzing Brian about being gay.’
    • ‘He endlessly razzes his black partner, Kevin Murphy, with racist jokes, and then gives him a high five to show that it's all in good fun.’
    • ‘That would mean Dad would lose all the money he spent on this special program, and Tom would razz him about being a baby.’
    • ‘Sara knew he would razz her about the political correctness and her saying she trusted me.’
    • ‘Sure, we razz her, but we eventually come around.’
    • ‘I'd razz him about lying and having a poster hanging over his bed.’
    • ‘My teammates razzed me before and after the game.’
    • ‘On most teams that I've been on, there's always one older player who likes to razz the young guys.’
    • ‘His buddies razzed him about his helmet hair, of course.’
    • ‘This doesn't stop them from razzing the day's hero.’
    • ‘I razzed him about his porn collection (such as it was), and surprised him somewhat when I said I didn't have one of my own.’
    • ‘I could never pass up an opportunity to razz you though, you know that.’
    • ‘Their relationship - and his recovery - has been punctuated by similar conversations, along with plenty of good-natured razzing.’
    • ‘Nica loved razzing her friend, especially when she was supposed to be whispering for the sake of a guy nearby.’
    • ‘As we headed inside, Savannah was still razzing Maria about becoming a grandmother.’
    • ‘At one point, police cordoned off a city block after several dozen demonstrators jeered and razzed the incoming audience.’
    • ‘We haven't talked a lot yet, but we razz each other a little in flirtatious ways while I get his coffee, that kind of thing.’
    • ‘That film was a tedious prank, a punk-assed joke that challenged the viewer to feel, then razzed anyone silly enough get involved.’
    • ‘He admits his friends have already razzed him about what a bad movie he made.’
    • ‘Some of my buddies did though, and they razzed me about it.’
    make fun of, poke fun at, chaff, make jokes about, rag, mock, laugh at, guy, satirize, be sarcastic about
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North American
  • another term for raspberry (sense 4)
    • ‘But Toronto welcomed Wilson's acoustic ramblings with a razz, and killed his musical dreams.’
    • ‘We essentially gave Freddie the razz for not doing more to influence his cabinet colleagues.’


Early 20th century: from informal razzberry, alteration of raspberry.