vocal fry

[ voh-kuh l frahy ]
/ ˈvoʊ kəl ˈfraɪ /


a voice quality characterized by a low pitch and raspy sound and produced by a slow fluttering of the vocal cords: There's too much vocal fry in her speaking voice.

Nearby words

  1. vocal cord nodules,
  2. vocal cords,
  3. vocal fold,
  4. vocal folds,
  5. vocal fremitus,
  6. vocal ligament,
  7. vocal memnon,
  8. vocal muscle,
  9. vocal resonance,
  10. vocal sac

Origin of vocal fry

First recorded in 1960–65; vocal + fry1

Also called creaky voice, glottal fry.

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