[ breth-ee ]
/ ˈbrɛθ i /

adjective, breath·i·er, breath·i·est.

(of the voice) characterized by audible or excessive emission of breath.

Origin of breathy

First recorded in 1520–30; breath + -y1

Related forms

breath·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for breathiness

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

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

    The Child-Voice in Singing|Francis E. Howard
  • The color rose high in the Girl's cheeks, and her voice took on the thrill and breathiness of amused excitement.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for breathiness


/ (ˈbrɛθɪ) /

adjective breathier or breathiest

(of the speaking voice) accompanied by an audible emission of breath
(of the singing voice) lacking resonance

Derived Forms

breathily, adverbbreathiness, noun
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