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breathy

[breth-ee] /ˈbrɛθ i/
adjective, breathier, breathiest.
1.
(of the voice) characterized by audible or excessive emission of breath.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; breath + -y1
Related forms
breathiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for breathiness

breathy

/ˈbrɛθɪ/
adjective breathier, breathiest
1.
(of the speaking voice) accompanied by an audible emission of breath
2.
(of the singing voice) lacking resonance
Derived Forms
breathily, adverb
breathiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for breathiness

breathy

adj.

1520s, "pertaining to breath," from breath + -y (2). Of voices, "full of breath," from 1883. Related: Breathily; breathiness.

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