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guttural

[guht-er-uh l] /ˈgʌt ər əl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the throat.
2.
harsh; throaty.
3.
Phonetics. pertaining to or characterized by a sound articulated in the back of the mouth, as the non-English velar fricative sound [kh] /x/ (Show IPA).
noun
4.
a guttural sound.
Origin of guttural
1585-1595
1585-95; < New Latin gutturālis of the throat, equivalent to Latin guttur gullet, throat + -ālis -al1
Related forms
gutturally, adverb
gutturalness, gutturality, gutturalism, noun
nonguttural, adjective
nongutturally, adverb
nongutturalness, noun
unguttural, adjective
ungutturally, adverb
ungutturalness, noun
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Examples from the Web for guttural
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  • Back and forth they scurried to the sound of that guttural Japanese voice.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • It had a loud thick voice, a guttural whistle, which was intensely mournful.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • There was a hissing yet guttural sound, human in quality, yet horrible to her ears.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • This was said in a guttural voice, the accent being quite Teutonic.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • "You've got four, Dr. Bird," said a guttural voice from the dark.

    The Great Drought Sterner St. Paul Meek
British Dictionary definitions for guttural

guttural

/ˈɡʌtərəl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) of or relating to the throat
2.
(phonetics) pronounced in the throat or the back of the mouth; velar or uvular
3.
raucous
noun
4.
(phonetics) a guttural consonant
Derived Forms
gutturally, adverb
gutturalness, gutturality, gutturalism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin gutturālis concerning the throat, from Latin guttur gullet
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Word Origin and History for guttural
adj.

"pertaining to the throat," 1590s, from Middle French guttural, from Latin guttur "throat, gullet" (see bowel). The noun, in linguistics, is from 1690s.

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guttural in Medicine

guttural gut·tur·al (gŭt'ər-əl)
adj.
Of or relating to the throat.

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