full-throated

adjective

full-throat·​ed ˈfu̇l-ˈthrō-təd How to pronounce full-throated (audio)
1
a
: produced or expressed with the full power of the voice : loud and powerful
a full-throated cry
Her supple voice can effortlessly move from an insinuating whisper to a full-throated roar to a clear, piping soprano …Steven Mirkin
b
: having a loud and powerful voice
Early each morning we were assembled for drill, marching to the cadence of a full-throated Marine sergeant who had little use for us.Lewis Thomas
2
: expressed with or characterized by unreserved enthusiasm or conviction
full-throated support/criticism
a full-throated supporter/critic
a full-throated defense/endorsement of the government's policies
When Elizabeth George's first novel, "A Great Deliverance," appeared early last year, it was greeted with the sort of full-throated acclaim that very few mystery debuts … manage to elicit from the American press.Josh Rubins
… [George] Gilder, whose 1984 book, The Spirit of Enterprise, ranks as the twentieth century's most full-throated celebration of entrepreneurship.Thomas Frank
full-throatedly adverb
Everyone deplores violence, but some more full-throatedly than others. William F. Buckley, Jr.

Examples of full-throated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The offense started to flow, Curry was on fire, Looney couldn’t be stopped on the boars, and the crowd was finally full-throated. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-throated was in 1820

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“Full-throated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-throated. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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