Meaning of VOICE in English

VOICE

INDEX:

1. the sounds someone makes when they speak

2. a rough voice

3. a high voice

4. a low voice

RELATED WORDS

see also

↑ SOUND

↑ SPEAK

↑ TALK

↑ SHOUT

↑ SCREAM

↑ HIGH

↑ LOW (2)

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1. the sounds someone makes when they speak

▷ voice /vɔɪs/ [countable noun]

▪ She has a very high, squeaky voice.

▪ I could hear Dan’s angry voice shouting ‘stupid idiot’.

▪ There was a note of irritation in her voice.

▪ She was startled to hear voices coming from upstairs.

in a loud/high/deep etc voice

▪ ‘Sorry I’m late’, she said, in a low voice.

▷ tone /təʊn/ [countable/uncountable noun]

the way someone speaks, especially when this shows the way they feel :

▪ He kept his tone formal.

tone of

▪ I often detect a tone of regret in her voice.

in an friendly/angry/embarrassed etc tone

▪ ‘This is Julia’, Jo said, in a friendly tone.

▪ She was speaking in a rather irritated tone.

in hushed tones

quietly

▪ Mary ushered her into the church, speaking in hushed tones.

tone of voice

▪ She was almost hypnotised by his mellow tone of voice.

2. a rough voice

▷ rough /rʌf/ [adjective]

not sounding soft or gentle, especially because the person speaking is angry or rude :

▪ ‘What are you doing in here?’ shouted the farmer in a rough voice.

rough with

▪ Fran was shaking her urgently, his voice rough with concern.

roughly [adverb]

▪ ‘Well, what are you waiting for? Get a move on!’ said the guard roughly.

▷ throaty /ˈθrəʊti/ [adjective]

deep and rough, as if the sounds are produced deep down in your throat :

▪ Julie had a throaty voice that made her sound older than she was.

▪ She always spoke with a throaty German accent.

▷ husky /ˈhʌski/ [adjective]

slightly rough, as though you have a sore throat, but also attractive and deep :

▪ Stephen put his arms around her and his voice became a soft, husky whisper.

▪ Caron Wheeler’s rich, husky vocal is perfect for the song’s mellow soulfulness.

huskily [adverb]

▪ Mel cleared his throat and chuckled huskily.

▷ gruff /grʌf/ [adjective]

deep and rough, especially when the speaker is feeling annoyed or being rude and does not want to talk much :

▪ ‘If this happens again,’ said Dad, in a gruff voice, ‘I shall be extremely angry!’

▪ He was an irritable old man, who seldom spoke except to say a gruff hello.

gruffly [adverb]

▪ The doorman asked me gruffly for my identity card.

▷ hoarse /hɔːʳs/ [adjective]

rough and not very clear, especially because your throat is sore as a result of illness or too much shouting, singing etc :

▪ You sound very hoarse. Do you have a cold?

▪ His voice dropped to a hoarse whisper.

shout yourself hoarse

British shout so much that you become hoarse

▪ He had shouted himself hoarse in his frenzied efforts to attract attention.

hoarsely [adverb]

▪ ‘Sorry, I’m losing my voice,’ Sam whispered hoarsely.

hoarseness [uncountable noun]

▪ The hoarseness in Brenda’s voice made it very difficult to hear her over the phone.

3. a high voice

▷ high /haɪ/ [adjective]

▪ I recognized Juliet’s high, excited voice on the phone immediately.

▷ high-pitched /ˌhaɪ ˈpɪtʃt◂/ [adjective]

high and often unpleasant or annoying to listen to :

▪ Her voice was clear but rather high-pitched.

▪ The commentary was punctuated by high-pitched giggles.

▷ piercing /ˈpɪəʳsɪŋ/ [adjective]

very high and loud, and unpleasant or painful to listen to :

▪ Her voice was nasal and piercing.

▪ He raised his hands and let out a piercing shriek.

▪ There came a piercing cry from the back of the cinema.

▷ shrill /ʃrɪl/ [adjective]

very high and loud and unpleasant to listen to :

▪ As Sophie became angry her voice got shriller.

▪ Sylvie burst out in a shrill laugh before leaving the room.

▷ squeaky /ˈskwiːki/ [adjective]

a squeaky voice keeps changing between being too high and being normal, especially because there is something wrong with your throat :

▪ He’s had a throat infection for over a week and his voice has gone squeaky.

▪ a band with a squeaky vocal style

4. a low voice

▷ low /ləʊ/ [adjective]

▪ Martin’s voice was low, with a note of sadness in it.

▪ Gripping his stomach, he let out a low moan.

▷ deep /diːp/ [adjective]

if a man’s voice is deep, it is very low, especially in an attractive way. If a woman’s voice is deep, it is very low, like a man’s voice :

▪ He has a deep, reassuring voice,

▪ I tried to make my voice sound deeper when I answered the phone.

▷ rich /rɪtʃ/ [adjective]

a rich voice is low, strong, and pleasant to listen to :

▪ The lead actor’s rich voice claimed the attention of the audience.

▪ He sang in a deep, rich baritone.

▷ resonant /ˈrezənənt/ [adjective]

a resonant voice is deep, loud, and clear :

▪ Billy’s voice had a deep, resonant tone that was a pleasure to hear.

▪ ‘Listen,’ Toranaga interrupted in his resonant, commanding voice.

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