\ˈbre-thē \
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 \ adverb
breathiness \ ˈbre-​thē-​nəs \ noun

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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 But the 26-year-old might represent the culmination of the no-pleasures-are-guilty paradigm, in which a breathy singer can break out by channeling the deeply dorky, without a hint of irony. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The New Prince of Pablum," 11 May 2018 Three distinct organ voices emerged in the second movement — a breathy flute sound, a fuller French horn, and a small-corps trumpet color. Peter Dobrin,, "Wanamaker organist Conte brings thrilling color to mostly drab Philadelphia Orchestra program," 6 May 2018 The acoustics of the room amplify the breathy cacophony blowing from the four saxes on stage. Trevor Fraser,, "Unheard: Journey into Central Florida's experimental music scene," 27 Apr. 2018 The sensibility and sound is at once dance-pop and classic rock, art and trash, all spun around the breathy vocals of Mr. Critcheloe, which can paint him as the lost love child of Prince and the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant. Jim Farber, New York Times, "Ssion, a D.I.Y. Hero of the Technicolor Underground, Returns Refreshed," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of breathy

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

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playful or foolish behavior

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