tone of voice


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tone of voice - the quality of a person's voicetone of voice - the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
manner of speaking, delivery, speech - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
note - a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling; "there was a note of uncertainty in his voice"
roundness, rotundity - the fullness of a tone of voice; "there is a musky roundness to his wordiness"
undertone - a quiet or hushed tone of voice; "spoke in undertones"
References in classic literature ?
he said, in a gentle tone of voice, "and who is it making this disturbance?
It is not possible, Varden,' said Mr Haredale, in a still lower tone of voice than he had spoken yet, 'that we have been blinded and deceived by this woman from the beginning?
You know," said the princess in the same tone of voice and still in French, turning to a general, "my husband is deserting me?
You were dancing," remarked Dorothy, in a puzzled tone of voice.
The attitude was no less familiar to her than the tone of voice had been.
Sighs and fine words had been given in abundance; but she could hardly devise any set of expressions, or fancy any tone of voice, less allied with real love.
I don't think I care to talk about that, if you please,' she would say, and strike the boldest speechless by her unmistakable pain; this upon all topics - dress, pleasure, morality, politics, in which the formula was changed to 'my papa thinks otherwise,' and even religion, unless it was approached with a particular whining tone of voice.
Sophia (who though naturally all winning sweetness could when occasions demanded it call forth the Dignity of her sex) instantly put on a most forbidding look, and darting an angry frown on the undaunted culprit, demanded in a haughty tone of voice "Wherefore her retirement was thus insolently broken in on?
said Michel Ardan, in a tone of voice in which he would have addressed a friend of twenty years' standing.
These two men were so akin, so near each other, that the slightest gesture, the tone of voice, told both more than could be said in words.
Well, I said Pylotechnic," answered the Rocket, in a severe tone of voice, and the Bengal Light felt so crushed that he began at once to bully the little squibs, in order to show that he was still a person of some importance.
I can remember--" but he changed his mind and continued in an ordinary tone of voice, "Well, we may take it for granted that they're engaged.