creaky voice

noun

: vocal fry
An examination of creaky voice occurring in natural conversations among relatively young educated American and Japanese speakers revealed that female speakers of American English residing in California employed creaky voice much more frequently than comparable American male and Japanese female speakers.Ikuko Patricia Yuasa, American Speech, Fall 2010

Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of creaky voice was in 1933

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“Creaky voice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creaky%20voice. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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