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Words to describe someone's voice

  • adenoidal:

    if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose

  • appealing:

    an appealing look, voice etc shows that you want help, approval, or agreement

  • breathy:

    with loud breathing noises

  • brittle:

    if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry

  • croaky:

    if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat

  • dead:

    if someone’s eyes are dead, or if their voice is dead, they feel or show no emotion

  • disembodied:

    a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see

  • flat:

    spoken in a voice that does not go up and down. This word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region.

  • fruity:

    a fruity voice or laugh is deep and strong in a pleasant way

  • grating:

    a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying

  • gravelly:

    a gravelly voice sounds low and rough

  • gruff:

    a gruff voice has a rough low sound

  • guttural:

    a guttural sound is deep and made at the back of your throat

  • high-pitched:

    a high-pitched voice or sound is very high

  • hoarse:

    someone who is hoarse or has a hoarse voice speaks in a low rough voice, usually because their throat is sore

  • honeyed:

    honeyed words or a honeyed voice sound very nice but you cannot trust the person who is speaking

  • husky:

    a husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse (=as if you have a sore throat), often in an attractive way

  • low adjective:

    a low voice or sound is quiet and difficult to hear

  • low adverb:

    in a deep voice, or with a deep sound

  • matter-of-fact:

    used about someone’s behaviour or voice

  • modulated:

    a modulated voice is controlled and pleasant to listen to

  • monotonous:

    a monotonous sound or voice is boring and unpleasant because it does not change in loudness or become higher or lower

  • nasal:

    someone with a nasal voice sounds as if they are speaking through their nose

  • orotund:

    an orotund voice is loud and clear

  • penetrating:

    a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable

  • plummy:

    a plummy voice or way of speaking is considered to be typical of an English person of a high social class. This word shows that you dislike people who speak like this.

  • quietly:

    in a quiet voice

  • raucous:

    a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough

  • ringing:

    a ringing sound or voice is very loud and clear

  • rough:

    a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to

  • shrill:

    a shrill noise or voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant

  • silvery:

    a silvery voice or sound is clear, light, and pleasant

  • singsong:

    if you speak in a singsong voice, your voice rises and falls in a musical way

  • small:

    a small voice or sound is quiet

  • smoky:

    a smoky voice or smoky eyes are sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way

  • softly spoken:

    someone who is softly spoken has a quiet gentle voice

  • sotto voce adjective, adverb:

    in a very quiet voice

  • stentorian:

    a stentorian voice sounds very loud and severe

  • strangled:

    a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it

  • strangulated:


  • strident:

    a strident voice or sound is loud and unpleasant

  • taut:

    used about something such as a voice or expression that shows someone is nervous or angry

  • thick:

    if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion

  • thickly:

    with a low voice that comes mostly from your throat

  • thin:

    a thin voice or sound is high and unpleasant to listen to

  • throaty:

    a throaty sound is low and seems to come from deep in your throat

  • tight:

    a tight voice or expression shows that you are nervous or annoyed

  • toneless:

    a toneless voice does not express any emotion

  • tremulous:

    if something such as your voice or smile is tremulous, it is not steady, for example because you are afraid or excited

  • wheezy:

    a wheezy noise sounds as if it is made by someone who has difficulty breathing

  • wobbly:

    if your voice is wobbly, it goes up and down, usually because you are frightened, not confident, or are going to cry

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