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[throh-tee] /ˈθroʊ ti/
adjective, throatier, throatiest.
produced or modified in the throat, as certain sounds; guttural, husky, or hoarse.
Origin of throaty
1635-45; throat + -y1
Related forms
throatily, adverb
throatiness, noun
unthroatily, adverb
unthroaty, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Portier, having come to rest on a throaty and rather wavering note, stood before Harmony, bowing.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Now and then Grunty could hear a throaty snore, which he knew to be his mother's.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • He made a revoltingly inhuman sound as he shambled away, a kind of throaty yelp.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • Miller laughed out loud, a laugh with a throaty catch in it.

    The Day Time Stopped Moving Bradner Buckner
  • Some form of throaty quality always mars the voice when the throat is in a stiffened condition.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • She laughed; a laugh that died and was reborn and died again in a throaty gurgle.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • And she suddenly laughed a soft, throaty ripple of laughter.

    A Modern Mercenary Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
  • "Thou wilt know me another time," said the man with a throaty laugh.

  • All the way up the creek I had been hearing the throaty ghouw-bhouw of a great blue heron off in the swamp.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
British Dictionary definitions for throaty


adjective throatier, throatiest
indicating a sore throat; hoarse: a throaty cough
of, relating to, or produced in or by the throat
deep, husky, or guttural
Derived Forms
throatily, adverb
throatiness, noun
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