Definition of guttural in English:


Syllabification: gut·tur·al
Pronunciation: /ˈgətərəl


  • 1(Of a speech sound) produced in the throat; harsh-sounding.
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    • It seemed the werewolf was on the verge of talking, but all that escaped its throat was a guttural growl.
    • And in 1995, the blind musician became the first American ever to compete in an unusual contest of multi-harmonic - and highly guttural - throat singing.
    • Deep guttural growls came from the alleyway, as well as fearful whimpering.
    throaty, husky, gruff, gravelly, growly, growling, croaky, croaking, harsh, rough, rasping, raspy; deep, low, thick
  • 1.1(Of a manner of speech) characterized by the use of guttural sounds: his parents' guttural central European accent
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    • His speech has the guttural accent of his native Germany.
    • The incorporation of guttural sounds and shouts appeared as honest and spontaneous reactions to his movement.
    • After months of therapy, she recovered physically and could make guttural sounds.


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  • A guttural consonant (e.g., k, g) or other speech sound.
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    • An obvious reason for this is that English, with all its Celtic gutturals and hard consonants, packs more of a punch when strung together compared to the more languid, Latin-based French.
    • He held cloudy memories of a great city, tall houses rippling their reflections in rank canals; grubby gutturals and phlegmish dialects filled his head, and sometimes the clouds rolled away leaving a fine clear view.
    • You may find yourself drawn to the wide and windswept gutturals of Russian, for example, or Polish.



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  • In answer, the robed god tossed a card down, grunting out its name a little more gutturally than he had meant to, for one does not keep up the reputation being a guardian of humanity requires by grunting.
  • Sora growled gutturally as he moved up near Micah's throat.
  • They continually rammed each other and began to scream gutturally at the anticipation of devouring so much sin-soaked flesh.


late 16th century: from French, or from medieval Latin gutturalis, from Latin guttur 'throat'.

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