Words used to describe someone's voice

Topics: Acoustics, Human voice, Adjective Pages: 10 (1665 words) Published: December 4, 2013
adenoidal adjective
if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose

appealing adjective
an appealing look, voice etc shows that you want help, approval, or agreement

breathy adjective
with loud breathing noises

brittle adjective
if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry

croaky adjective
if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat

dead adjective
if someone’s eyes are dead, or if their voice is dead, they feel or show no emotion

disembodied adjective
a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see

flat adjective
spoken in a voice that does not go up and down. This word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region.

fruity adjective
a fruity voice or laugh is deep and strong in a pleasant way

grating adjective
a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying

gravelly adjective
a gravelly voice sounds low and rough

gruff adjective
a gruff voice has a rough low sound

guttural adjective
a guttural sound is deep and made at the back of your throat

high-pitched adjective
a high-pitched voice or sound is very high

hoarse adjective
someone who is hoarse or has a hoarse voice speaks in a low rough voice, usually because their throat is sore

honeyed adjective
honeyed words or a honeyed voice sound very nice but you cannot trust the person who is speaking

husky adjective
a husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse (=as if you have a sore throat), often in an attractive way

low adjective
a low voice or sound is quiet and difficult to hear

low adjective
used for describing a deep voice or a sound that has a long wavelength

low adverb
in a deep voice, or with a deep sound
matter-of-fact adjective
used about someone’s behaviour or voice

modulated adjective
a modulated voice is controlled and pleasant to listen to

monotonous adjective
a monotonous sound or voice is boring and unpleasant because it does not change in loudness or become higher or lower

nasal adjective
someone with a nasal voice sounds as if they are speaking through their nose

orotund adjective
an orotund voice is loud and clear

penetrating adjective
a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable

plummy adjective
a plummy voice or way of speaking is considered to be typical of an English person of a high social class. This word shows that you dislike people who speak like this.

quietly adverb
in a quiet voice

raucous adjective
a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough

ringing adjective
a ringing sound or voice is very loud and clear

rough adjective
a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to

shrill adjective
a shrill noise or voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant

silvery adjective
a silvery voice or sound is clear, light, and pleasant

singsong adjective
if you speak in a singsong voice, your voice rises and falls in a musical way

small adjective
a small voice or sound is quiet

smoky adjective
a smoky voice or smoky eyes are sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way

softly spoken adjective
someone who is softly spoken has a quiet gentle voice

soft-spoken adjective
speaking or said in a quiet gentle voice
sotto voce adjective, adverb
in a very quiet voice

stentorian adjective
a stentorian voice sounds very loud and severe
strangled adjective
a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it

strangulated adjective

strident adjective
a strident voice or sound is loud and unpleasant

taut adjective
used about something such as a voice or expression that shows someone is nervous or angry

thick adjective
if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion

thickly adverb
with a low voice that...
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