\ 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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With the assistance of composer, singer and percussionist Jodie Landau and spectacular clarinetist Brian Walsh, here moody, Folick began her numbers in breathy introspection and rose toward rapture. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Descanso Gardens, music meets nature and ‘Silence’ means many things," 8 Sep. 2019 Next up is this 1985 fantasy in which two nerds hack into a government supercomputer and accidentally create a walking, talking, very breathy dream girl. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "At the movies this week: See ‘Downton Abbey’ early at Alamo Drafthouse ‘fancy dress party’," 6 Sep. 2019 Both women are reigning pop stars in their respective subgenres — Billie leading her own league of breathy, ethereal dance-pop, and Rosalía bringing the flamenco music of Spain to a worldwide stage. Teen Vogue, "Rosalía Was So "Impressed" by Billie Eilish When They Worked in the Studio on Their Forthcoming Collaboration," 5 June 2019 The compositions infused traditional Brazilian beats with American pop and jazz sensibility kitted out with flutes, saxophones and breathy vocalists singing nuanced lyrics. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Bossa Nova Became a Turning Point in Brazilian Culture. João Gilberto Helped Launch It," 8 July 2019 But Tanya Tagaq’s singing is breathy in a very different way. John Adamian,, "Tanya Targaq’s fusion of spirit and sound at Arts & Ideas," 14 June 2019 Milosh, who formed Rhye with producer Robin Hannibal but now works it as a solo project, is best known for his breathy, androgynous contralto. Randall Roberts,, "California Sounds: New music from Deb Never, Sublime with Rome and Rhye," 5 June 2019 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

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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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