Definition of vocal fry
: a vocal effect produced by very slow vibration of the vocal cords and characterized by a creaking sound and low pitch ◆As with other kinds of laryngealization, vocal fry is produced by constricting the larynx. The effect is used typically at the ends of phrases and sentences. … the professors said they had found evidence of a new trend among female college students: a guttural fluttering of the vocal cords they called “vocal fry.” A classic example of vocal fry, best described as a raspy or croaking sound injected (usually) at the end of a sentence, can be heard when Mae West says, “Why don't you come up sometime and see me” … — Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2012 Oh vocal fry … that gravelly, “is she hungover?” tone you hear when Britney Spears and Emma Stone speak. It's widespread among young women, but it doesn't project clarity or confidence in the workplace. — Annie Tomlin, Cosmopolitan, February 2014 —called also creaky voice
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