Definition of guttural
- guttural sounds
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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."
First Known Use: 1594See Words from the same year
: formed or pronounced in the throat
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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