Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

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  • noun The state or quality of being breathy.
  • noun The result or product of being breathy.

Etymologies

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From breathy +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • Her breathiness was a rumble amplified by the sound equipment.

    Cradle and All

  • Her breathiness was a rumble amplified by the sound equipment.

    Cradle and All

  • Her breathiness was a rumble amplified by the sound equipment.

    Cradle and All

  • 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".

    Home Theater Forum

  • 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".

    Home Theater Forum

  • She doesn't like the "breathiness" of her delivery.

    News & Observer: Home Page

  • “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.”

    Woman Unable To Recognise Voices Gives New Insights Into The Human Brain | Impact Lab

  • She said in a Marilyn Monroe-like breathiness,“They say fifty is the new forty.”

    That's How It Went (rev)

  • 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."

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • The voice's tools are inflection, speed, volume, breathiness, rhythm, and a bunch of stuff I've forgotten.

    Thanks everyone

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