from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by or as if by audible or noisy breathing: a breathy voice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Accompanied by audible breathing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of breath.
- In phonetics, accompanied with breath; pronounced with open glottis; uttered with breath.
- Characterized by a conspicuous use of the breath: said usually of vocal sounds in which breath is needlessly and faultily wasted.
Rubyn wins for a while; Williams takes the lead after saying a few words in breathy tones.
Thanks!} * PSA (in breathy female voice): The Countess is allowed to misspell words for effect, at her own discretion.
Smiling more widely than ever, she rolled down her window and called a breathy "Hi!" even before he reached the door.
What, is it going to be all overdubbed breathy singing and faked sex sounds?
This doesn't affect what I wrote; it's just more accurate since plain MIE *d becomes PIE *dʰ although I personally now believe that this stop only became "breathy" after the fragmentation of the PIE-speaking community had already occurred.
Try another interpretation: During phonation shift, the modal *d of the onset phonemicized as *dʰ according to traditional theory remains modal while the second stop shifts to "breathy".
The medium -- to which is assigned the greater portion of every singer's work -- becomes "breathy" and hollow, the lower tones guttural, the higher tones shrill, and the voice, throughout its entire compass, harsh and unmanageable.
A "quiet, gentle voice" is conscientiously aimed at by many young teachers, with so great zeal that the tone becomes painfully repressed, "breathy," and timid.
Certain states of mind, such as awe, caution, secrecy, fear, etc., produce in greater or less degree an aspirated or "breathy" quality, called the _whisper_ or _aspirate_:
To say Cassie Morgan is "breathy" doesn't do her vocals justice.