Definition of vocal fry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


vocal fry

BrE BrE//ˌvəʊkl ˈfraɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌvoʊkl ˈfraɪ//
(also glottal fry) [uncountable, countable] (phonetics)
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a way of speaking in which air moves slowly through the vocal cords, producing a long, very low popping sound which may be difficult to hear, used by some speakers at the end of sentences Vocal fry could be something that is done subconsciously, but it is also a way for women to fit in with one another. Pop singers slip vocal fry into their music as a way to reach low notes and add style.