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The big man's voice had reached the high, breathy pitch of a fife.

His tones are forced, harsh, and breathy; they lack musical quality.

But, this time, the monosyllable was breathy, and not sharp.

This to a brief, blunt block of child who made some breathy noise.

Now he felt Aria close to him, heard her voice trembling and breathy.

There was a soft, breathy perspiration, as well as more strength.

The words came from his lips in a breathy hiss as he groveled.

An odd, breathy voice, speaking very bad Russian, offered a meeting.

She used stiff, absurd 339 gestures and a breathy contralto that never palled upon her friends.

He moved toward him just two or three steps at a time, speaking at the same time in breathy little rushes.

WORD ORIGIN

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

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