Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In a vocal or similar sound, the state, quality, or effect resulting from an escape of unvocalized air with the sound proper, as in clumsy vocalization, apprehension or terror, whispering, etc.: sometimes equivalent to wheeziness, which, however, is usually applied to mechanical sounds, as to a poor organ tone.
- n. The state or quality of being breathy.
- n. The result or product of being breathy.
- From breathy + -ness. (Wiktionary)
“Her breathiness was a rumble amplified by the sound equipment.”
“I don't mind the music and the softer beats, but her vocals seem to be lifeless and she could cut out a little of the "breathiness".”
“She doesn't like the "breathiness" of her delivery.”
“She said in a Marilyn Monroe-like breathiness,“They say fifty is the new forty.””
““There are a range of other features such as hoarseness, roughness, breathiness of the voice, which have to do with the airflow over the vocal chords, and these all combine to make our voices distinctive.””
“What would thereby be gained through such an alliterative onomatopoeia (in echo of the opening line's triplicate breathiness) would at the same time have to tally its losses in forfeiting the feathery overtone of "windy" in the given line's "wind, if.”
“The voice's tools are inflection, speed, volume, breathiness, rhythm, and a bunch of stuff I've forgotten.”
“Who'd have thought that the band's gothic breathiness would work as sing-along anthems?”
“Personally, I don't go in for ultra-wispy breathiness (except from Blossom Dearie in one of her sly moods), but more than a few Europeans do, based on the success of her 2004 debut single, "Quelqu'un m'a dit.”
“Often I am annoyed by KH's breathiness; but I watched this movie again when I was working on Uganda a few years ago--a smidge of it was filmed there--and she's nothing but great as Rose, the tight-laced missionary lady who relaxes into her hitherto undiscovered gifts for sex and sabotage.”
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