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[suhb-voh-kuh l]
  1. mentally formulated as words, especially without vocalization.
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Origin of subvocal

First recorded in 1920–25; sub- + vocal
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Examples from the Web for subvocal

Historical Examples

  • Only the force of long training and habit kept him from shouting the words aloud instead of keeping them to a subvocal whisper.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)

  • Orne touched the subvocal stud at his neck, moved his speaking muscles without opening his mouth.

    Operation Haystack

    Frank Patrick Herbert

  • Hayden does not distinguish the subvocal and aspirate th in Omaha.

  • I let out a subvocal squeal and was pitched forward as the ride system shuddered to a stop.