tone of voice

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tone of voice

:the way a person is speaking to someone
  • I don't like your tone of voice.

Word by Word Definitions

tone play
  1. : vocal or musical sound of a specific quality

  2. : a sound of definite pitch and vibration

  3. : whole step

  1. : to impart tone to : strengthen

  2. : to soften or reduce in intensity, color, appearance, or sound : mellow

  3. : to change the normal silver image of (something, such as a photographic print) into a colored image

voice play
  1. : sound produced by vertebrates by means of lungs, larynx, or syrinx

  2. : musical sound produced by the vocal folds and resonated by the cavities of head and throat

  3. : the power or ability to produce musical tones

  1. : to express in words : utter

  2. : to adjust for producing the proper musical sounds

  3. : to pronounce (a speech sound, such as a consonant) with voice


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