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The word ‘guttural’ is used in relation to a low, harsh, and croaked sound coming from the back of the throat. It can be used to express a noise that is strange or unpleasant (like a growl), a sound of raw emotion, or a language that sounds harsh and throaty.
She was so upset that she couldn’t speak. She just released a guttural cry.
Dutch and German are considered two examples of guttural languages, containing many harsh consonants.
I cleared my throat before I began the presentation so that I didn’t sound guttural.