Definition of Tone of voice

1. Noun. The quality of a person's voice. "He spoke in a nervous tone of voice"

Exact synonyms: Tone
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Manner Of Speaking, Speech
Specialized synonyms: Note, Rotundity, Roundness, Undertone
Derivative terms: Intonate



Definition of Tone of voice

1. Noun. The way someone speaks, as characterised by tone, pitch, speed, rhythm, melody, accent, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tone Of Voice

tone-deaf
tone arm
tone arms
tone colour
tone deafness
tone decay test
tone dialing
tone dialling
tone down
tone ending
tone language
tone mark
tone marks
tone number
tone numbers
tone of voice (current term)
tone poem
tone poems
tone sandhi
tone scale
tone system
tone up
tonearm
tonearms
toned
toned down(p)
toneless
tonelessly
tonelessness
tonelessnesses

Literary usage of Tone of voice

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1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1916)
"low tone of voice, "which I could not hear." W. said also that he knew at the time that ... tone of voice ..."

2. A New School of Gregorian Chant by Dominicus Johner (1906)
"Tone of Voice. Whatever is to be read is not simply to be "said off"; on the contrary, the words must be delivered with a soft attack, at a suitable pitch ..."

3. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1847)
"At last, in a very soft insinuating tone of voice, he said, " And who must not rejoice to ... he went on, in his ordinary and low tone of voice ; " if not, ..."

4. Reminiscences of a Literary Life by Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1836)
"He retired early, and bade us adieu in few words, and in a low tone of voice. On retiring to Althorp, with increasing infirmity, and a fixed resolution to ..."

5. Collection of the Most Celebrated Voyages and Travels from the Discovery of by Forster, R. P (1818)
"... he immediately called lustily about him in the name of the sultan, demanding with an imperious and menacing tone of voice, fresh horses, victuals, &c., ..."

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