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From Italian, literally "low voice".
- (of speech, of a voice, etc) In soft tones; quiet.
- (music) soft (can be used of instruments other than the voice, such as pianos)
- 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 5
- Then a man called for her, and began to make coarse jokes. But Mr. Pappleworth nodded his head in the direction of the boy, and the talk went on sotto voce.
- 1985 — Gary Russell, Divided Loyalties, p 38
- 'Hello?' she shouted, but still her voice came out barely louder than a sotto voce whisper.
sotto voce (not comparable)
- (of speech, of a voice, etc) (speaking) quietly
- (music) (spoken or played) softly (can be used of instruments other than the voice, such as pianos)