breathy

[ 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 formsbreath·i·ness, noun
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breathy

/ (ˈbrɛθɪ) /

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
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Word Origin and History for breathy

breathy


adj.

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

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