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35 Synonyms for SPEAK With Meanings and Examples

Synonyms for speak

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Synonyms for "speak"


You probably know "speak" or "talk", but did you know "hiss, mumble, or shreek", so now you know:

1. Speak

A: Say something in order to convey information, an opinion, or a feeling. verb

    • In his agitation he was unable to speak.

      B: (of behavior, an object, etc.) serve as evidence for something. verb

        • His frame spoke tiredness.

        C: (of a musical instrument or other object) make a sound when functioning. verb

          • The gun spoke again.

          2. Talk

          A: To say words aloud; to speak to someone. verb

            • My little girl has just started to talk.

            B: To discuss something with someone, often to try to find a solution to a disagreement. verb

            • The two sides have agreed to talk.

            C: To give a lecture on a subject. verb

            • The next speaker will be talking about endangered insects.

            D: A conversation between two people, often about a particular subject. noun

            • I asked him to have a talk with his mother about his plan.

            E: A speech given to a group of people to teach or tell them about a particular subject. noun

            • He gave a talk about/on his visit to Malaysia.

            F: The action of talking about what might happen or be true, or the subject people are talking about. noun

            • Talk won't get us anywhere.

            3. Hiss

            A: Make a sharp sibilant sound as of the letter s. verb

            • The escaping gas was now hissing.

            B: A sharp sibilant sound. noun

            • The spit and hiss of a cornered cat.

            4. Bark

            A: Utter (a command or question) abruptly or aggressively. verb

            • He began barking out his orders.

            5. Mumble

            A: Say something indistinctly and quietly, making it difficult for others to hear. verb

            • He mumbled something she didn't catch.

            B: A quiet and indistinct utterance. noun

            • Rosie had replied in a mumble.

            6. Mutter

            A: Say something in a low or barely audible voice, especially in dissatisfaction or irritation. verb

            • He muttered something under his breath.

            B: A barely audible utterance, especially one expressing dissatisfaction or irritation. noun

            • A little mutter of disgust.

            7. Whine

            A: A long, high-pitched complaining cry. noun

            • The dog gave a small whine.

            B: Give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound. verb

            • The dog whined and scratched at the back door.

            8. Whisper

            A: Speak very softly using one's breath without one's vocal cords, especially for the sake of privacy. verb

            • Alison was whispering in his ear.

            B: A soft or confidential tone of voice; a whispered word or phrase. noun

            • She spoke in a whisper.

            9. Shriek or scream

            A: Utter a high-pitched piercing sound or words, especially as an expression of terror, pain, or excitement. verb

            • The audience shrieked with laughter.

            B: A high-pitched piercing cry or sound; a scream. noun

            • Shrieks of laughter.

            10. Chat

            A: Talk in a friendly and informal way. verb

            • She chatted to her mother on the phone every day.

            B: An informal conversation. noun

            • He dropped in for a chat.

            11. Shout

            A: (of a person) utter a loud call or cry, typically as an expression of a strong emotion. verb

            • She shouted for joy.

            B: A loud cry expressing a strong emotion or calling attention. noun

            • His words were interrupted by warning shouts.

            12. Stutter, stammer

            A: Talk with continued involuntary repetition of sounds, especially initial consonants. verb

            • The child was stuttering in fright.

            B: A tendency to stutter while speaking. noun

            • “She's p-perfectly j-justified,” he said with his intermittent stutter.


            13. Murmur

            A: A soft, indistinct sound made by a person or group of people speaking quietly or at a distance. noun

            • His voice was little more than a murmur.

            B: Say something in a low, soft, or indistinct voice. verb

            • Nina murmured an excuse and hurried away.

            14. Hum

            A: Make a low, steady continuous sound like that of a bee. verb

            • The computers hummed.

            B: A low, steady continuous sound. noun

            • The hum of insects.

            C: Used to express hesitation or dissent. exclamation

            • Ah, hum, Elaine, isn't it?

            15. Grunt

            A: (of an animal, especially a pig) make a low, short guttural sound. verb

            • An enormous pig grunted and shuffled in a sty outside.

            B: A low, short guttural sound made by an animal or a person. noun

            • With snorts and grunts the animals were coaxed down the ramp.

            16. Quaver

            A: (of a person's voice) shake or tremble in speaking, typically through nervousness or emotion. verb

            • His voice quavered with rage.

            B: A shake or tremble in a person's voice. noun

            • It was impossible to hide the slight quaver in her voice.

            17. lisp

            A: A speech defect in which "s" is pronounced like "th" in thick and "z" is pronounced like "th" in this. noun

            • He spoke with a slight lisp.

            B: Speak with a lisp. verb

            • She spoke softly, lisping slightly.

            18. Babble, gabble, gibber, jabber

            A: Talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way. verb

            • They babbled on about their vacation.

            B: (of a flowing water) make a continuous murmuring sound. verb

            • The shallow river babbled over smooth rocks.

            C: The sound of people talking simultaneously. noun

            • "The answers were difficult to hear amid the babble of conversation."

            D: The continuous murmuring sound of flowing water. noun

            • The babble of a brook.

            19. Ramble

            A: Talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way. verb

            • He rambled on about his acting career.

            20. Slur

            A: Speak (words or speech) indistinctly so that the sounds run into one another. verb

            • He was slurring his words like a drunk.

            B: An act of speaking indistinctly so that sounds or words run into one another or a tendency to speak in such a way. noun

            • There was a mean slur in his voice.

            21. Chatter

            A: Talk rapidly or incessantly about trivial matters. verb

            • The kids chattered and splashed at the edge of the lagoon.

            B: Incessant trivial talk. noun

            • A stream of idle chatter.

            C: A series of quick high-pitched sounds. noun

            • The chatter of a typewriter.

            22. Gossip

            A: Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true. noun

            • He became the subject of much local gossip.

            B: Engage in gossip. verb

            • They would start gossiping about her as soon as she left.

            23. Call

            A: To phone someone. verb

            • Call the police.

            B: To shout. verb

            • I heard someone call my name.

            C: To describe someone or something in a particular way. verb

            • Are you calling me a liar?

            D: The act of using the phone. noun

            • Give me a call this weekend.

            24. Whoop

            A: To give a loud, excited shout, especially to show your enjoyment of or agreement with something. verb

            • The audience was whooping and clapping.

            B: A loud, excited shout, especially showing your enjoyment of or agreement with something. noun

            • When the whoops and cheers had finally died down he started to speak.

            25. Cry (out)

            A: Shed tears, typically as an expression of distress, pain, or sorrow. verb

            • Don't cry—it'll be all right.

            B: A loud inarticulate shout or scream expressing a powerful feeling or emotion. noun

            • A cry of despair.

            26. Yell

            A: Give a loud, sharp cry. verb

            • You heard me yelling at her.

            27. Bellow

            A: To shout in a loud voice, or (of a cow or large animal) to make a loud, deep sound. verb

            • We could hear the sergeant bellowing orders to his troops.

            B: A shout in a loud voice, or a loud, deep sound made by a cow or large animal. noun

            • He gave a bellow of rage.

            28. Squeak

            A: To make a short, very high cry or sound. verb

            • The mice in the cupboard squeaked.

            B: A short, very high cry or sound. noun

            • She let out a squeak of fright at the sight of the spider.

            29. Squeal

            A: A long, high-pitched cry or noise. noun

            • We heard a splash and a squeal.

            B: Make a long, high-pitched cry or noise. verb

            • The girls squealed with delight.


            30. Chirp or chirrup (UK)

            A: A short, sharp, high-pitched sound. noun 

            • The chirps and whirrs of insects.

            31. Cheer

            A: Shout for joy or in praise or encouragement. verb

            • She cheered from the sidelines.

            B: Give comfort or support to. verb

            • He seemed greatly cheered by my arrival.

            C: A shout of encouragement, praise, or joy. noun

            • A tremendous cheer from the audience.

            D: Cheerfulness, optimism, or confidence. noun

            • An attempt to inject a little cheer into this gloomy season

            32. Croak

            A: A deep hoarse sound made by a frog or a crow. noun

            • A female frog can pick out a mate's voice from a cacophony of croaks.

              B: (of a frog or crow) make a characteristic deep hoarse sound. verb

              • The frogs settled in the shade, croaking happily.

              33. Blurt out

              A: To say something suddenly and without thinking, usually because you are excited or nervous. phrasal verb

              • She blurted out the bad news before I could stop her.

              34. Snap

              A: Break or cause to break suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound. verb

              • Guitar strings kept snapping.

              B: A sudden, sharp cracking sound or movement. noun

              • She closed her purse with a snap.

               35. Splutter

              A: Make a series of short explosive spitting or choking sounds. verb

              • She coughed and spluttered, tears coursing down her face.

              B: A short explosive spitting or choking noise. noun

              • The engine gave one final splutter and died.


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