[ bretht, breethd ]

  1. not phonated; unvoiced; voiceless.

  2. utilizing the breath exclusively in the production of a speech sound.

Origin of breathed

First recorded in 1875–80; breath + -ed3

Words Nearby breathed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use breathed in a sentence

  • He turned to the gentle accents of his sweet Alice, breathed in a letter which had been wet with her grateful tears.

  • But the withering mildew was now breathed forth, that was intended to blast this goodly harvest.

  • He breathed fierce and honest anathema on the heads of the bowelless fiends who had abandoned the babe to its doom.

  • “Well, I hope he does,” sighed Sol, the sigh being breathed to give expression of what remained unspoken.

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  • Every word she breathed, every anathema she denounced, seemed urged by the quick revenge of Duke Wharton!

British Dictionary definitions for breathed


/ (brɛθt, briːðd) /

  1. phonetics relating to or denoting a speech sound for whose articulation the vocal cords are not made to vibrate: Compare voiced

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