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Words to Describe Someone’s Voice

I went scouting through the internet for words to describe a character’s voice. Here’s a handy list for all you writers:
  • Adenoidal/Nasal - Some of the sound seems to come through the nose.
  • Appealing - Shows that you want help, approval, or agreement.
  • Breathy - With loud breathing noises.
  • Brittle - You sound as if you are about to cry.
  • Croaky - Sounds as if they have a sore throat.
  • Dead - They feel or show no emotion.
  • Disembodied - Voice comes from someone who you cannot see.
  • Flat - Spoken in a voice that does not go up and down.
  • Fruity - Deep and strong in a pleasant way.
  • Grating - Unpleasant and annoying.
  • Gravelly -  Low and rough.
  • Gruff - Has a rough low sound.
  • Guttural - Deep and made at the back of your throat.
  • High-Pitched - Very high and shrill.
  • Hoarse -  Low rough voice, usually because their throat is sore.
  • Honeyed -  Falsely sweet voice.
  • Husky - A husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse often in an attractive way.
  • Low - Quiet and difficult to hear / in a deep voice.
  • Matter-of-fact - Used about someone’s behavior or voice.
  • Modulated - Controlled and pleasant to listen to.
  • Monotonous -  Boring because it does not change in loudness or become higher or lower.
  • Orotund - Loud and clear.
  • Penetrating - So high or loud that it makes you uncomfortable.
  • Plummy - This word shows that you dislike people who speak like this.
  • Quietly - In a quiet voice.
  • Raucous -  Loud and sounds rough.
  • Ringing -  very loud and clear.
  • Rough - Not soft and is unpleasant to listen to.
  • Shrill -  Very loud, high, and unpleasant.
  • Silvery - Clear, light, and pleasant.
  • Singsong - Rises and falls in a musical way.
  • Small - A small voice or sound is quiet.
  • Smoky - Sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way.
  • Softly Spoken - A quiet gentle voice.
  • Sotto Voce - A very quiet voice.
  • Stentorian - Loud and severe.
  • Strangulated - One that someone stops before they finish making it.
  • Strident -  Loud and unpleasant.
  • Taut - Shows someone is nervous or angry.
  • Thick - Voice sounds less clear because of an emotion.
  • Thin -  High and unpleasant to listen to.
  • Throaty - Low and seems to come from deep in your throat.
  • Tight - Shows that you are nervous or annoyed.
  • Toneless - Does not express any emotion.
  • Tremulous - It is not steady because you are afraid or excited.
  • Wheezy - Has difficulty breathing.
  • Wobbly - Unstable tone due to fright or emotions.
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