breathier; breathiest
: characterized or accompanied by or as if by the audible passage of breath
breathily adverb
breathiness noun

Examples of breathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s her voice, for starters, which is sultry and breathy, marked by a glacial pace that makes Julio and audiences alike become engrossed by her every word. Manuel Betancourt, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2024 Tamar effortlessly matches Benét’s breathy delivery with a vocal performance that helps steer the song’s steady pacing, ultimately ending with cathartic vocables and riffs that pay tribute to the best slow jams of R&B days past. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 2 July 2024 Their relationship would inspire some of Swift’s most adult material, but this is still the beginning; her multi-tracked, breathy vocals here portray her at her most tentative. Nate Jones, Vulture, 20 May 2024 That sense is epitomized by the feeling of sweating in the sauna before running off the jetty into the cold water, all goosebumps and breathy delirium. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for breathy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breathy was in 1849

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“Breathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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