Describe A Voice

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What does your character’s voice sound like? Does he always talk loud or does his voice barely carry across a room? Instead of describing your character’s voice, you can use different words to ‘explain’ the sound. Below are some words that will help you to describe someone’s voice.

adenoidal if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sounds seems to come through the nose
appealing your voice shows that you want help, approval or agreement
breathy with loud breathing noises
brittle if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you’re about to cry
croaky a low rough voice that sounds if someone has a sore throat
dead a voice that shows no emotion
disembodied a voice that comes from someone you cannot see
flat spoken in a voice that doesn’t go up and down
fruity deep and strong in a pleasant way
grating a grating voice, laugh or sound is annoying and unpleasant
gravelly a low and rough voice
gruff a voice with a rough, low sound
gutteral a deep sound made at the back of your throat
high-pitched a very high voice
hoarse a low, rough voice
honeyed honeyed words sound very nice but you cannot trust the person who is speaking
husky a husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse, often in an attractive way
low quiet and difficult to hear
matter-of-fact a voice with little emotion, just stating facts
monotonous boring and unpleasant because it doesn’t change in loudness or become higher or lower
nasal it sounds like they are speaking through their nose
orotund loud and clear
penetrating a voice so high and clear that it makes you feel uncomfortable
plummy considered to be typical of an English person of a high social class – used to show dislike
quietly in a quiet voice
raucous a voice that is loud and sounds rough
ringing very loud and clear
rough not soft and unpleasant to listen to
shrill very loud, high and unpleasant
silvery clear, light and pleasant voice
singsong a voice that rises and falls in a musical way
smoky sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way
strangled a sound that someone stops before they finish making it
strident loud and unpleasant
taut a voice sounds taut when someone is nervous or angry
thick a voice sounds less clear when it is thick with emotion
thin a thin voice or sound is high and unpleasant to listen to
throaty a low voice that seems to come from deep in your throat
tight a tight voice or sound shows that you are nervous or annoyed
tremulous not a steady voice, because you are afraid or excited
wheezy made by someone who has difficulty breathing
wobbly a voice that goes up and down, usually because the speaker is frightened, not confident or is going to cry
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