verb (used with object), de·voiced, de·voic·ing.

to pronounce (an ordinarily voiced speech sound) without vibration of the vocal cords; make voiceless.

verb (used without object), de·voiced, de·voic·ing.

to devoice a speech sound.

Also unvoice.

Origin of devoice

First recorded in 1930–35; de- + voice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for devoice


devocalize or devocalise (diːˈvəʊkəˌlaɪz)


(tr) phonetics to make (a voiced speech sound) voiceless
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