Definition of clipped in English:



  • (of speech) having short, sharp vowel sounds and clear pronunciation.

    ‘his cold clipped tones’
    • ‘Eden, who was used to the clipped speech of her birthplace, was fascinated and amused.’
    • ‘Coward himself gives a rather humourless performance as the Captain, hampering the characterisation with his clipped and affected speech delivery.’
    • ‘His clipped tones could have put the message through, but his unsmiling face made it clearer: she wasn't wanted.’
    • ‘Jake was not part of the conversation and answered questions with short clipped answers.’
    • ‘He had grown fairly adept at imitating Jimjim's clipped speech.’
    • ‘Puzzled anger at the sudden uproar crossed Henry's face, but his wife spoke first in clipped tones.’
    • ‘She folded her arms across her chest and responded in a sharp and clipped tone, her voice resonating across the mall.’
    • ‘What is interesting about Mullova here is her opening notes in the Bartók, which have an almost clipped sound.’
    • ‘Iselle's speech, normally clipped, now dripped like acid in the air.’
    • ‘From the clipped liquid sounds it spoke I'd guess it had gotten little more than half the sounds I'd spoken.’
    • ‘‘I am certain, sir,’ he said in a clipped tone, his sea-green aura streaked with red.’
    • ‘‘And I don't expect you will,’ the manager said in a clipped tone.’
    • ‘His voice took on a clipped, authoritative tone.’
    • ‘A big problem faced by business, declared Browne in his clipped English tones, was the creation of ‘pseudo markets’ by governments.’
    • ‘The last time I saw him, he talked in short, clipped tones.’
    • ‘Alris' clipped tone made Eric look up; her manner didn't seem ruffled in the slightest, while his world was in chaos.’
    • ‘But the voice that echoed from the machine wasn't Tommi's - it was the clipped tones of Matt's mother.’
    • ‘Martin's mother-in-law had one of those professional telephone voices, all nasally tones and clipped sentences.’
    • ‘It was a short, clipped sound, but at least it was there.’
    • ‘He has a cheery, vaguely working class accent rather than Bond's clipped, public schoolboy tones.’
    terse, brusque, abrupt, clipped, blunt, short, monosyllabic, summary, snappy, snappish, sharp, crisp, tart
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