breathy [breth-ee] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective, breath·i·er, breath·i·est. (of the voice) characterized by audible or excessive emission of breath.

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  • Origin of breathy First recorded in 1520–30; breath + -y1 Related formsbreath·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for breathiness Historical Examples of breathiness

  • At first they may be quite breathy, but as the vocal bands become accustomed to the new action, the breathiness will disappear.

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  • The color rose high in the Girl’s cheeks, and her voice took on the thrill and breathiness of amused excitement.

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  • This soon becomes very comfortable, relieves the throat of strain, relieves the tones of breathiness or all idea of forcing.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for breathiness breathy adjective breathier or breathiest (of the speaking voice) accompanied by an audible emission of breath (of the singing voice) lacking resonance Derived Formsbreathily, adverbbreathiness, noun Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for breathiness breathy adj.

    1520s, “pertaining to breath,” from breath + -y (2). Of voices, “full of breath,” from 1883. Related: Breathily; breathiness.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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