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    Ways to describe a voice

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Haze-world, Dec 24, 2015.

    Does anyone know of a resource which we can go to for ideas on how to describe someone's voice?

    I would love to be able to add that detail to my WIP because voices are important to me and would make my characters easier to imagine.
     
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    A quick google has revealed this article.
     
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    • adenoidal (adj): if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose
    • appealing (adj): an appealing look/voice shows that you want help, approval, or agreement
    • breathy (adj): with loud breathing noises
    • brittle (adj): if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry
    • croaky (adj): if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low, rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat
    • dead (adj): if someone’s eyes or voice are dead, they feel or show no emotion
    • disembodied (adj): a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see
    • flat (adj): spoken in a voice that does not go up and down; this word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region
    • fruity (adj): a fruity voice or laugh is deep and strong in a pleasant way
    • grating (adj): a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying
    • gravelly (adj): a gravelly voice sounds low and rough
    • gruff (adj): this voice has a rough, low sound
    • guttural (adj): a guttural sound is deep and made at the back of your throat
    • high-pitched (adj): true to its name, a high-pitched voice or sound is very high
    • hoarse (adj): someone who is hoarse, or has a hoarse voice, speaks in a low, rough voice, usually because their throat is sore
    • honeyed (adj): honeyed words or a honeyed voice sound very nice, but you cannot trust the person who is speaking
    • husky (adj): a husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse (as if you have a sore throat), often in an attractive way
    • low (adj): a low voice is quiet and difficult to hear; also used for describing a deep voice that has a long wavelength
    • matter-of-fact (adj): usually used if the person speaking knows what they are talking about (or absolutely think they know what they are talking about)
    • modulated (adj): a modulated voice is controlled and pleasant to listen to
    • monotonous (adj): this kind of voice is boring and unpleasant due to the fact that it does not change in loudness or become higher/lower
    • nasal (adj): someone with a nasal voice sounds as if they are speaking through their nose
    • orotund (adj): an orotund voice is loud and clear
    • penetrating (adj): a penetrating voice is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable
    • plummy (adj): a plummy voice or way of speaking is considered to be typical of an English person of a high social class; this word shows that you dislike people who speak like this
    • quietly (adj): in a soft, quiet voice
    • raucous (adj): a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough
    • ringing (adj): a ringing voice is very loud and clear
    • rough (adj): a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to
    • shrill (adj): a shrill voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant
    • silvery (adj): this voice is clear, light, and pleasant
    • singsong (adj): if you speak in a singsong voice, your voice rises and falls in a musical way
    • small (adj): a small voice is quiet
    • smoky (adj): a smoky voice is sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way
    • softly spoken (adj): someone who is softly spoken has a quiet, gentle voice
    • soft-spoken (adj): speaking or said in a quiet, gentle voice
    • sotto voce (adj, adv): in a very quiet voice
    • stentorian (adj): a stentorian voice sounds very loud and severe
    • strangled (adj): a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it
    • strident (adj): this voice is loud and unpleasant
    • taut (adj): used about something such as a voice that shows someone is nervous or angry
    • thick (adj): if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion
    • thickly (adv): with a low voice that comes mostly from your throat
    • thin (adj): a thin voice or sound is high and unpleasant to listen to
    • throaty (adj): a throaty sound is low and seems to come from deep in your throat
    • tight (adj): shows that you are nervous or annoyed
    • toneless (adj): does not express any emotion
    • tremulous (adj): if your voice is tremulous, it is not steady; for example, because you are afraid or excited
    • wheezy (adj): a wheezy noise sounds as if it is made by someone who has difficulty breathing
    • wobbly (adj): if your voice is wobbly, it goes up and down, usually because you are frightened, not confident, or are going to cry
    • booming (adj): very loud and attention-getting
    • quavering (adv): if your voice quavers, it is not steady because you are feeling nervous or afraid
    • a voice like a foghorn: very loud voice
    • in an undertone: using a quiet voice so that someone cannot hear you
    • someone’s dulcet tones: the sound of someone’s voice as they speak
     
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    Oh I think that will be a resource to a whole lot of people, not only the OP. Not to mention, me! :)
     
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    Many thanks Necronox!
     
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    Thanks for this too, Cave Troll.

    What about the kind of voice that's not sing song, but emphatic and the opposite to flat?
     
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    You mean melodic.
     
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    I shall read with even more interest then... I'm trying to imagine your MC's voices now, ha!
     
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    OK, thanks. I don't think Melodic is right. I know people who speak with melodic voices and their voices are almost in a melody and definitely different from what I am trying to describe.
     
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    Cadenced?
     
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    I have never come across this word before. The definition fits exactly with what I am describing. Many thanks BrianIff!
     
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    For a bit, I was thinking of how newscasters talk and their inflections, but didn't know that 'cadence' could be something besides a noun till I looked it up. Glad I could help.
     
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    That makes sense. When I checked the definition I saw cadence is often used to describe poetry, is that what you write?
     
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    Not often, but aside from hearing it :p a few times, I was living there when this guy was named Edmonton's poet laureate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadence_Weapon
     
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    Ha! Well, having checked out your link I now appreciate the humour in your reply! It appears that I just keep on learning new things all the time...
    :supersmile:
     
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    A sad day it would be indeed when there will be nothing more to learn. Or even worse, if nothing will be learned.
     
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    Not sure if you used this source but it's always a good idea to credit the source.
     
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    :supersmile:Thanks GingerCoffee, I will credit these useful sources below:
    1) The link from Necronox takes you to, 'Fifty five ways to describe a voice', on Tumblr.
    2) The link from Cave Troll takes you to the 'Macmillan dictionary'.
     
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    Well I would have sourced it if I had not already posted the important part. Saves time that way. Besides I am not using this for monetary gain anywho.:p
     

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