Definition of harsh-sounding in US English:

harsh-sounding

adjective

  • Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the ear.

    ‘a harsh-sounding collection of metal and hip-hop tracks’
    • ‘My Italian grandmother refused to speak English, believing the harsh-sounding words would make her Italian memories disappear.’
    • ‘It is a harsh-sounding but elementary fact that the government's continued handing out of compensation to the people who live near the coast and who have suffered from flooding undermines their incentives to take the proper precautions.’
    • ‘"Kills" is a Dutch word for stream or estuary, but the specific words "Fresh Kills" were maybe a little harsh sounding.’
    • ‘The Canadians have been very friendly and their accents tend to be quite harsh sounding.’
    • ‘It is a harsh-sounding - rather than a romantic - language.’
    • ‘He suggested the word should be reclaimed purely as an insult, because it contains so many hard, harsh sounding consonants.’
    • ‘The twentieth century had to hand a splendid up-to-date model for list poems of everything from trees and birds to "despicable things" and harsh sounding words.’
    • ‘The abolition of this harsh-sounding regulation was replaced by a more 'caring' attitude.’
    • ‘I exchanged the place of friend for that unmusical, harsh-sounding title of whore.’
    • ‘The officer added another harsh-sounding comment in German and gave me a serious look.’
    • ‘We need to hear Jesus' harsh-sounding conclusion as tinged with a bit of Jesus' characteristic irony.’
    throaty, husky, gruff, gravelly, growly, growling, croaky, croaking, harsh, rough, rasping, raspy, grating, jarring
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