Occasionally, I hear someone speak favorably of a person's "speaking voice". I have no sources, but have heard the expression several times in daily activity. Is it more likely to refer to auditory qualities or conversational style?

  • More the tone and musicality of the voice. Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 6:59
  • ... and the clarity of speech: everything clearly enunciated.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 8:00
  • You will find answers to this question and others in the dictionary. It's the best place to start. merriam-webster.com
    – EllieK
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 14:14
  • You'll hear this when people are talking about narrators or singers. For example, if you want someone to read an audiobook, they'll need a good "speaking voice". For singers, their "singing voice" will be different than their "speaking voice". Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 15:08

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According to Merriam-Webster a speaking voice means

the sound of a person's voice when speaking

An example of a good speaking voice would be the voice of a narrator


Although it might sound strange to talk about a speaking voice, bear in mind that people also have a singing voice. The two don't necessarily correspond.

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