guttural

Guttural describes a hoarse sound made in the back of the throat. Your friend's voice might get low and guttural just before he bursts into tears.

Growls and cries are often described as guttural. The Latin word guttur, "throat or gullet," is the root of guttural. That's why sounds that are deep and croaked as if they come from the back of your throat are guttural. In linguistics, speech sounds that start in the throat, like the consonants k and g, are called guttural consonants, and there are even guttural languages which contain many guttural sounds.

Definitions of guttural
  1. adjective
    relating to or articulated in the throat
    “the glottal stop and uvular `r' and `ch' in German `Bach' are guttural sounds”
  2. adjective
    like the sounds of frogs and crows
    “a guttural voice”
    “acres of guttural frogs”
    synonyms: croaky
    cacophonic, cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
  3. noun
    a consonant articulated in the back of the mouth or throat
    synonyms: guttural consonant, pharyngeal, pharyngeal consonant
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    type of:
    consonant
    a speech sound that is not a vowel
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