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Vocabulary - List of Human Sounds


Vocabulary related to sounds of humans

burp

Also belch. To expel gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth

The baby burped after being fed.

cough

To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.

He started to cough once he had a cold .

hum

To make a sound from the vocal chords without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed.

They were humming happily along with the music.

hiccup

The involuntary sound resulting from a spasm of the diaphragm

He got the hiccups as soon as he started eating.

groan

A low, mournful sound uttered in pain or grief or uttered in frustration or disapproval

She groaned when her mother asked her to do the shopping.

giggle

To laugh gently or in a high-pitched voice; to laugh in a silly or giddy way.

The jokes had them giggling like little girls all evening.

laugh

To express mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the mouth, usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat.

They were told a joke and were laughing.

pant

A quick breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp.

When he arrived, he was panting because he ran all the way to school.

puff

A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.

scream

A loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, usually horror, fear, excitement...

She screamed when she saw the mouse in the kitchen.

sniff

To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something.

The dog sniffed around the park, searching for a nice scent.

sneeze

To expel air as a reflex induced by an irritation in the nose.

When you sneeze people say: "God bless you!"

snore

To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.

He sometimes snores and when he snores you can' stand the sound.

sigh

A deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of air, as when fatigued, frustrated, grieved, or relieved; the act of sighing.

She sighed when she finally found her keys.

slurp

A loud sucking noise made in eating or drinking

yawn

To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired and sometimes accompanied by pandiculation.

I could see my students yawning, so I knew the lesson was boring

whisper

The act of speaking in a quiet voice, especially, without vibration of the vocal cords.

They were whispering when the professor started his lecture.

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