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breathy

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛθi
 
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Definition of breathy in English:

adjective (breathier, breathiest)

Producing or causing an audible sound of breathing, typically as a result of physical exertion or strong feelings: a breathy laugh
More example sentences
  • The voice may sound breathy, raspy, strained and rough in quality.
  • At that moment, I absolutely hated how breathy my voice sounded.
  • I asked, noticing the breathy sound to my voice that I had not meant to be there.

Derivatives

breathily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘I can't believe it,’ Lia whispered breathily.
  • ‘Yeah,’ I said a little too quickly, too breathily.
  • I asked breathily, batting my eyelashes at him.

breathiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • What she lacks in sheer firepower she more than makes up for in hypnotic and compelling breathiness.
  • It is a gentle way of connecting thoughts, without applying the abrupt brake of a full stop or the breathiness of a comma.
  • The absence of vibrato or breathiness in the upper parts makes for gloriously sinewy singing.

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