adjective, breath·i·er, breath·i·est.
(of the voice) characterized by audible or excessive emission of breath.
Origin of breathy
Related formsbreath·i·ness, noun
First recorded in 1520–30; breath
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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.
The color rose high in the Girl's cheeks, and her voice took on the thrill and breathiness of amused excitement.
This soon becomes very comfortable, relieves the throat of strain, relieves the tones of breathiness or all idea of forcing.
British Dictionary definitions for breathiness
adjective breathier or breathiest
Derived Formsbreathily, adverbbreathiness, noun
(of the speaking voice) accompanied by an audible emission of breath
(of the singing voice) lacking resonance
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Word Origin and History for breathiness
1520s, "pertaining to breath," from breath + -y (2). Of voices, "full of breath," from 1883. Related: Breathily; breathiness.
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