Definition of breathy in English:



  • Producing or causing an audible sound of breathing, typically as a result of physical exertion or strong feelings.

    ‘a breathy laugh’
    • ‘This British babe's breathy vocals are instantly refreshing.’
    • ‘She heard him let out a tiny, breathy laugh, and her heart sank.’
    • ‘I held them aloft, closed my eyes, turned my face to the heavens, and exhaled a breathy YES!’
    • ‘Patty's breathy vocals will have you wanting to slow dance in the foothills of West Virginia.’
    • ‘She tilts her head in coy emulation and goes all breathy.’
    • ‘After Leslie let out a breathy laugh, I heard a knock on the doorframe and looked over my shoulder.’
    • ‘We were escorted to our seats by a breathy young hostess.’
    • ‘The voice may sound breathy, raspy, strained and rough in quality.’
    • ‘I asked, noticing the breathy sound to my voice that I had not meant to be there.’
    • ‘At that moment, I absolutely hated how breathy my voice sounded.’
    • ‘But no sound came from them, only a small breathy gasp echoed pathetically around the large kitchen.’
    • ‘Speaking in a breathy tone, Faith says ‘Your divorce must have been so painful.’’
    • ‘Her breathy vocals are unsettling, her glacial detachment lazy and too often irritating.’
    • ‘There is something breathy in the way she says this, a catch in the throat.’
    • ‘Regaining the ability to speak, her voice came out breathy.’
    • ‘My voice was so low and breathy it sounded more affectionate than was meant.’
    • ‘Her voice was more breathy than she would have liked.’
    • ‘Her sigh, breathy and almost wistful, was edged with relief.’
    • ‘Here he laughed a little, but it was a strange laugh; breathy and not at all happy-sounding.’
    • ‘The creature's voice was very breathy but deep and scratchy.’