Word of the Day : July 22, 2021

guttural

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adjective GUTT-uh-rul

Definition

1 : articulated in the throat

2 : velar

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

Did You Know?

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."


Examples

We asked the bouncer for directions, but he only responded with an inarticulate guttural grunt.

"And when you hear the strange guttural call of the Red Bellied Woodpecker, you wonder, who would respond to that weird sound?" — Joseph Palmer, The Brooklyn (New York) Eagle, 14 June 2021



Test Your Vocabulary

Fill in the blanks to complete this adjective used in phonetics meaning "articulated with the tip of the tongue touching or near the ridge of bone behind the teeth in the upper jaw": a _ _ e _ l _ _.

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