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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Sounds

Here you will learn all the essential words for talking about Sounds, collected specifically for level C2 learners.

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
muffled
[adjective]
having a sound that is muted, subdued, or dampened
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shrill
[adjective]
having a high-pitched, piercing, and loud sound
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dissonant
[adjective]
not harmonious
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grating
[adjective]
having a harsh, irritating, or unpleasant sound
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clanging
[adjective]
having a loud, sharp, and resonant sound, often characterized by the collision or striking of metal objects
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jarring
[adjective]
(of a sound) so harsh and unpleasant that creates a strong sense of disturbance
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squeaky
[adjective]
having a high-pitched, sharp, or often irritating sound
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raucous
[adjective]
(of a sound) loud, harsh, and unpleasant to the ears
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whirring
[adjective]
producing a continuous, buzzing, or humming sound
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raspy
[adjective]
having a rough, harsh, or grating sound, often characterized by an unpleasant and hoarse quality
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blaring
[adjective]
producing a loud, harsh, and intense sound, often characterized by its overwhelming volume and piercing quality
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thudding
[adjective]
producing a heavy, muffled, and often repeated sound
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guttural
[adjective]
characterized by a deep, harsh, throaty sound
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jangling
[adjective]
producing a harsh, discordant sound, often characterized by a series of clashing or clinking noises
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susurrous
[adjective]
having a murmuring sound, like that of whispering or the wind through leaves
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sibilant
[adjective]
(phonetics) containing or making a hissing sound when pronounced
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clangorous
[adjective]
producing a loud, harsh, and metallic sound
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vociferous
[adjective]
expressing feelings or opinions, loudly and forcefully
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mellisonant
[adjective]
having a sweet or pleasing sound
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strident
[adjective]
loud and harsh-sounding, often causing discomfort or irritation
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mellifluous
[adjective]
(of sounds) smooth, pleasant, and sweet to the ear
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euphonious
[adjective]
pleasing to the ear
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clamorous
[adjective]
characterized by a loud and continuous noise
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to screech
[verb]
to make a loud, harsh, piercing sound, like that of tires sliding on pavement
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to chime
[verb]
to make a ringing sound, like a bell or clock
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to purl
[verb]
to make a murmuring or bubbling sound, often associated with the movement of water
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