\ 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

Examples of breathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His majesty Jarvis Cocker even drops in for some breathy, baritone backing vocals. Katie Bain, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From The Saunderson Brothers, Eric Prydz, Hot Chip & More," 23 Oct. 2020 The audiobook is a 14-track, Beat-style soundscape filled by Del Rey’s breathy voice, and is very much a part of the universe styled by her seven albums to date. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Sweet Fantasy of the Female Pop Star," 9 Oct. 2020 The other trembled a few keys, then introduced chords; the organ was breathy, but not overly so, a harrowing combination of signal and air. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 10 Aug. 2020 Connell’s clavicle-gracing chain isn’t the first to inspire breathy sighs. Todd Plummer, WSJ, "Connell’s Chain in ‘Normal People’: Seductive or Sleazy?," 10 June 2020 Yes, there’s full-frontal nudity, but more impactful are the prolonged stares, breathy kisses and subtle skin grazes loaded with meaning. Los Angeles Times, "This is how ‘Normal People’ made some of TV’s steamiest sex scenes," 1 May 2020 Apple delivers that number in a breathy, slow-and-low mode that can harken back to her sultry early work. Los Angeles Times, "Fiona Apple’s stunningly intimate new album makes a bold show of unprettiness," 16 Apr. 2020 Kaui was drifting in between my legs, the breathy tickle of her hair against my thighs, a few fingers pressing after. New York Times, "‘Sharks in the Time of Saviors,’ by Kawai Strong Washburn: An Excerpt," 31 Mar. 2020 Despite the help of three choreographers — Loren Eric Salm, Tomas Lagierski, and Dan Kamin — Eisenberg is merely breathy and teary. Armond White, National Review, "The Marcel Marceau Biopic Has Nothing to Say," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of breathy

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breathy was in 1883

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2 Nov 2020

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“Breathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce breathy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of breathy

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

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