\ ˈbre-thē How to pronounce breathy (audio) \
breathier; breathiest

Definition of breathy

: characterized or accompanied by or as if by the audible passage of breath

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Other Words from breathy

breathily \ ˈbre-​thə-​lē How to pronounce breathily (audio) \ adverb
breathiness \ ˈbre-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce breathiness (audio) \ noun

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Suicidal individuals who speak in a breathy voice rather than a tense tone are more likely to re-attempt suicide. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Does Your Smartphone Know if You’re Depressed?," 4 Apr. 2019 Liz Gillies, a longtime friend, plays the husky alto to Grande’s breathy soprano. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Every Ariana Grande Song, Ranked," 27 Apr. 2018 With her enormous liquid-brown eyes and voice that swings effortlessly from a deep, smoky growl to a breathy high pitch, Cabello is a temptress with a sense of humor, a geek unafraid to make fun of herself. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "The Other Side of Camila Cabello," 14 Nov. 2018 Look no further for slinky guitars, plenty of breathy vocals, and of course, ambient indie pop. Nicole Demarco, Harper's BAZAAR, "28 Songs That Probably Aren't on Your Sex Playlist (But Should Be)," 8 Oct. 2018 Ferocity personified: Tkay Maidza, an Australian 21-year-old with a ton of promise, gets a shimmering production from Hoodboi and bodies it with an uncomplicated flow that eventually pivots into breathy singing. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "20 Great Pop Songs From 2018's First Half You Might Have Missed," 5 July 2018 Jones’s red carpet style falls on the feminine side—think breathy frocks from Dior, Gucci, and Valentino—peppered with eye-catching pops. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Newlywed Felicity Jones Steps Out in the Perfect Honeymoon Dress," 2 July 2018 These belters ditched the breathy, little-girl style and boo-hoo lyrics of their predecessors. Andrea Simakis,, "'The Royale,' inspired by boxer Jack Johnson, brings fight for freedom to stage (preview)," 13 May 2018 His delivery is breathy and smooth, almost whispered, at times. David Lyman,, "Review: 'Hedwig' is mesmerizing, wonderfully triumphant," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of breathy

1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of breathy

: spoken or sung with the sound of a person's breath

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