gut·​tur·​al | \ˈgə-tə-rəl, ˈgə-trəl\

Definition of guttural 

1 : articulated in the throat guttural sounds

2 : velar

3 : being or marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or disagreeable

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Other Words from guttural

guttural noun
gutturalism \ ˈgə-​tə-​rə-​ˌli-​zəm , ˈgə-​trə-​ \ noun

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Though it is now used to describe many sounds or utterances which strike the listener as harsh or disagreeable, the adjective guttural was originally applied only to sounds and utterances produced in the throat. This is reflected in the word's Latin root—guttur, meaning "throat." Despite the similarity in sound, guttural is not related to the English word gutter, which comes (by way of Anglo-French) from Latin gutta, meaning "drop."

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USA TODAY Sports MOSCOW — Gareth Southgate looked to the skies and let out a guttural scream, the sort that was both a sound and a release. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "22 years later, the weight of the world is off England's shoulders," 3 July 2018 His goal call features a blend of tasteful vibrato and guttural enthusiasm that rises above the chorus of cheering fans and other color commentators. Amanda Christovich, USA TODAY, "Andres Cantor explains how his famous 'gol!' call came to be, gives his top 5 calls of the last decade," 13 July 2018 Since the practice began, stories have emerged of infants being ripped out of their mother’s arms, fathers who died from suicide after being separated from their families, and the guttural, heartbreaking cries of children begging for their parents. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "All Your Questions About Trump's Executive Order on Family Separation, Answered," 22 June 2018 The vwoom, vwoom of lightsabers and guttural cries of Chewbacca echo across the globe and galaxies far, far away. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Arts / Film May the fourth be with you, even if the Reader's critics rarely become one with the force," 4 May 2018 Though there was none of the guttural cheering and angry taunts that often emanate from Trump's campaign-style rallies, the president's hallmark rhetoric and propensity to stretch the truth was also ever-present. Author: Astead W. Herndon, Anchorage Daily News, "Trumpism finds a safe space at a conservative women's conference," 18 June 2018 His is not the usual way of stating things at conservation conferences, nor is his delivery: loud, guttural Mandarin that renders almost inaudible the delicate female voice of the translator in my earphones. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Meet the Chinese Philanthropists Who Are Pledging Big Money to End Climate Change," 25 May 2018 The guttural scream came from redshirt freshman running back JaTarvious Whitlow. Tom Green,, "Auburn's JaTarvious Whitlow 'like a Pettway and Kerryon mix' at running back," 5 Mar. 2018 Atop the bus, a hulking devil with a guttural bark informed the mostly costumed audience that at precisely 8:28 pm the Louisville Zombie Walk would begin. Marty Pearl, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville zombie fest runs amok on Bardstown," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of guttural

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guttural

Middle French, probably from Medieval Latin gutturalis, from Latin guttur throat

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English Language Learners Definition of guttural

: formed or pronounced in the throat


gut·​tur·​al | \ˈgət-ə-rəl, ˈgə-trəl \

Medical Definition of guttural 

: of or relating to the throat

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