Bronx cheer(redirected from Blowing a raspberry)
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A loud sound expressing disapproval; a raspberry.
[After the Bronx.]
chiefly US a loud noise, imitating a fart, made with the lips and tongue and expressing derision or contempt; raspberry
rasp•ber•ry(ˈræzˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈrɑz-)
n., pl. -ries.
1. the fruit of any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family, consisting of small and juicy red, black, or pale yellow drupelets.
2. any shrub bearing this fruit.
3. a dark reddish purple color.
a. a loud, abrasive, vibrating or spluttering noise made with the lips and tongue to express contempt.
b. any sign or expression of displeasure or derision.
[1615–25; earlier rasp raspberry (appar. back formation from synonymous raspis, perhaps identical with raspis, late Middle English raspise, rospeys a kind of sweet wine, Medieval Latin raspecia, of uncertain orig.) + berry; (definition 4) by shortening of raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart]
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