glottal glottal  /ɡ ˈlɑ təl/


  • (adj) of or relating to or produced by the glottis


  1. Her glottal throb on these dozen tunes purifies the funereal sentiments; it's as if the lines on a condolence card were raised to a kind of folk art.
  2. His attempts at speech are usually glottal grunts.
  3. But when recited in Agnew's Baltimore accent, with its semi-glottal ts and distinctively rounded os, the TFX seldom got far off the ground.


  1. "He did look like a terrible little toad, and he needed a voice to match the face," McDiarmid said. "So I thought it should be somewhere half in the glottal, like toads, but deeper as well. I thought of Japanese acting. As it happens, they...
    on May 16, 2005 By: Ian McDiarmid Source: MSNBC

  2. In The Independent, Johann Hari writes that Goody, "in her own glottal, gobby way" jabbed a knitting needle into the subconscious of Britain just as surely as Diana Spencer did.
    on Mar 23, 2009 By: Johann Hari Source:

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