from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Uttered or sounding as if uttered deep in the throat; guttural, hoarse, or husky.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Guttural; uttered back in the throat.
  • Having a prominent throat or capacious swallow; hence, voracious; gluttonous: as, a throaty fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Guttural; hoarse; having a guttural voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a sound produced in the throat; especially such a sound which is rough or coarse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective sounding as if pronounced low in the throat


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  • But she had said the word with throaty fondness, making it a term of endearment.

    Every little thing in the world Nina de Gramont 2010

  • But she had said the word with throaty fondness, making it a term of endearment.

    Every little thing in the world Nina de Gramont 2010

  • In real life he is called throaty, and given a level spoonful of that nauseous compound known as common sense.

    Gone to Earth Mary Gladys Meredith Webb 1904

  • I really can't describe the noises somebody's stomach is making as either "throaty" or "gutteral" without being unintentionally humorous, can I?

    i can feel it in my bones. i'm going to spend my whole life alone. netcurmudgeon 2007

  • They both laughed the kind of throaty chuckle I've heard from women, in the dark, with a new man.

    Too Many Spies Spoil The Case Archer, Miles 2002

  • The heroine's last name is pronounced Gorgeous (which, after all, means "throaty").

    Gorgeous Sills Wills, Garry 1975

  • So very common is the "throaty" tone and so connected is throat pressure with every other vocal imperfection, that the avoiding or the correcting of this one fault demands constant watchfulness in all vigorous vocal work.

    Public Speaking Irvah Lester Winter

  • Another cry which demands immediate attention, and the faithful carrying out of the doctor's orders, is the hoarse, "throaty" cry indicative of croup or bronchitis.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

  • He made a revoltingly inhuman sound as he shambled away, a kind of throaty yelp.

    The Wonder 1910

  • The old birds make a kind of throaty chuckling to their young, but if they have any love song I have not heard it.

    The Land of Little Rain 1903


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  • ...involuntarily

    the Goyt still flows, brownish and throaty...

    - Peter Reading, Juvenilia, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008