\ 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

Other Words from breathy

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

Examples of breathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A year ago, conservative pundits couldn’t air enough breathy reports about Antifa. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Much like the elastic push-and-pull sensation of an on-again, off-again romance, the band nimbly applies and withdraws gravity to María Zardoya and Josh Conway’s breathy intimations, heightening the drama without hurting your ears. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Alma succeeds beyond Trixie’s imaginings, rising up in bed all damp and breathy during E.B. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 18 Dec. 2021 The inspiring duet features Warwick’s breathy vocals juxtaposed with uplifting verses from Chance. Ilana Kaplan, Rolling Stone, 27 Nov. 2021 There, Stewart accentuates Diana’s charm and vulnerability, dialing up the physical twitchiness and breathy pauses in her voice to let the viewing audience know that her character is giving a performance. David Sims, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2021 Joe looks like a guy who hasn't slept well or had a square meal in a long time, so the words of a woman on the line named Emily (Riley Keough) sound like nonsense to him at first, breathy non sequiturs about babies and being out for a drive. Leah Greenblatt,, 10 Sep. 2021 Gordon has a breathy voice, a tendency to dole out compliments, and a peaches-and-cream aesthetic. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 19 Aug. 2021 The choice is a bit of a high-powered throwback, one that trades the packaging and weight advantages of a small engine for the visceral and aural feedback of twelve breathy cylinders. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of breathy

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breathy was in 1849

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7 Jan 2022

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“Breathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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