guttural

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French guttural, from New Latin gutturālis, from Latin guttur (throat) + -ālis.

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Adjective[edit]

guttural (comparative more guttural, superlative most guttural)

  1. Sounding harsh and throaty.
    German is considered a very guttural language, with many harsh consonants.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. [] Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.
  2. (phonetics) Articulated at the back of the mouth.
  3. (medicine, anatomy) Of, relating to, or connected to the throat.
    guttural duct of the ear;   guttural pouch infection

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Noun[edit]

guttural (plural gutturals)

  1. A harsh and throaty spoken sound
    • 1899, Stanley Waterloo, The Wolf's Long Howl[1]:
      He was hairy, and his speech of rough gutturals was imperfect.
    • 1912, Frederic Stewart Isham, A Man and His Money[2]:
      He seems quite an exception to some husbands in that respect!" remarked the Berliner in deep gutturals.
    • 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jungle Tales of Tarzan[3]:
      "Teeka is Tarzan's," said the ape-man, in the low gutturals of the great anthropoids.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin gutturālis.

Adjective[edit]

guttural m (feminine gutturale, masculine plural gutturaux, feminine plural gutturales)

  1. guttural (of a consonant)
  2. guttural (relating to the throat)

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