guttural

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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. (medicine, anatomy) Of, relating to, or connected to the throat.
    guttural duct of the ear;   guttural pouch infection

Translations[edit]

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.

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)