One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]North American
Tease (someone) playfully.
make fun of, poke fun at, chaff, make jokes about, rag, mock, laugh at, guy, satirize, be sarcastic aboutView synonyms
- ‘Nica loved razzing her friend, especially when she was supposed to be whispering for the sake of a guy nearby.’
- ‘Their relationship - and his recovery - has been punctuated by similar conversations, along with plenty of good-natured razzing.’
- ‘I could never pass up an opportunity to razz you though, you know that.’
- ‘This doesn't stop them from razzing the day's hero.’
- ‘At one point, police cordoned off a city block after several dozen demonstrators jeered and razzed the incoming audience.’
- ‘Some of my buddies did though, and they razzed me about it.’
- ‘Apparently, some of the guys at school started to figure things out and were razzing Brian about being gay.’
- ‘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'd razz him about lying and having a poster hanging over his bed.’
- ‘Sure, we razz her, but we eventually come around.’
- ‘His buddies razzed him about his helmet hair, of course.’
- ‘As we headed inside, Savannah was still razzing Maria about becoming a grandmother.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sara knew he would razz her about the political correctness and her saying she trusted me.’
- ‘He admits his friends have already razzed him about what a bad movie he made.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That would mean Dad would lose all the money he spent on this special program, and Tom would razz him about being a baby.’
- ‘That film was a tedious prank, a punk-assed joke that challenged the viewer to feel, then razzed anyone silly enough get involved.’
- ‘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.’
- 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.
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