gut·​tur·​al | \ ˈgə-tə-rəl How to pronounce guttural (audio) , 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 How to pronounce gutturalism (audio) , 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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Meryl Streep’s guttural scream, for one, will likely never disappear from our national consciousness. Ariana Romero,, "Here's Why Madeline Should Be Worried After That Big Little Lies Season 2 Premiere," 10 June 2019 Arabic is such a beautiful tongue, the rich and sometimes guttural sounds seemingly defined by the harsh atmosphere of the desert and its sweeping nights. Dennis Tang, Teen Vogue, "How Hafsah Faizal Created a Fantastical World Rooted in Reality," 28 May 2019 Though there was none of the guttural cheering and angry taunts that often emanate from Mr. Trump’s campaign-style rallies, the president’s hallmark rhetoric and propensity to stretch the truth was also ever-present. Astead W. Herndon, New York Times, "Trumpism Finds a Safe Space at Conservative Women’s Conference," 17 June 2018 Look for signs that may include: Unresponsiveness Slow breathing or no breathing Blue skin (especially the lips or under the fingernails) Snoring or guttural noises Naloxone only works if the person has used opiates. Tessie Castillo, SELF, "Here’s How to Use the Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone," 26 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce guttural (audio) \

Medical Definition of guttural

: of or relating to the throat

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