English edit

Etymology edit

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

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʌtəɹəl/
    • (US) IPA(key): [ˈɡʌɾɚɫ̩]
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  • Rhymes: -ʌtəɹəl

Adjective edit

guttural (comparative more guttural, superlative most guttural)

  1. Sounding harsh and throaty.
    Arabic is considered a very guttural language, with many harsh consonants.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in 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) having a place of articulation towards the back of the mouth; in modern use, uvular, pharyngeal, or glottal; in earlier or non-technical use, also including velar.[1]
  3. (medicine, anatomy) Of, relating to, or connected to the throat.
    guttural duct of the ear;   guttural pouch infection

Translations edit

References edit

  1. ^ R. L. Trask A Dictionary of Phonetics (Routledge 1996) p. 164

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.

Translations edit

French edit

Etymology edit

Learned borrowing from New Latin gutturālis.

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

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

  1. guttural (of a consonant)
  2. (relational) throat; guttural

Further reading edit

German edit

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

guttural (strong nominative masculine singular gutturaler, comparative gutturaler, superlative am gutturalsten)

  1. guttural

Declension edit

Further reading edit

  • guttural” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • guttural” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon