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I am looking for a word (or two words) to describe a woman's voice that is "sexy" in a slightly deep, smooth, alluring way. The best I could come up with is mellifluous, but I'm looking for something simpler...

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maybe "Sultry"? It's not specifically used to describe a voice, but it's a common use.

(of a person, esp. a woman) attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.
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The first word that came to mind was "sultry" for me too. Other words like "silky", "raspy", "chesty" also occurred to me, but they do not exactly fit the OP's description. –  Gilead Feb 20 '11 at 20:17

Mellow
(esp. of sound, taste, and color) Pleasantly smooth or soft; free from harshness.

He was hypnotized by the mellow tone of her voice

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Some words that come to mind:

Sultry, Sexy, Attractive, arousing, come-hither, delicious, luscious, appealing, captivating, heavenly, fetching.

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Smokey. Often used to refer to singers, but conveys the sense without the "weight" of husky or the overtness of sultry.

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Moving beyond simple adjectives, there’s a long tradition of using similes, especially food and drink, for sexy female voices:

  • like honey
  • like Bourbon
  • like (melted) chocolate
  • like melted butter
  • like (fine) (red) wine
  • like velvet

These are especially popular for describing jazz and soul singers singers — I remember some Nina Simone and Ells Fitzgerald liner notes from the 60’s and 70’s with great examples, which I wish I could find online…

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A husky voice?

Husky voice is the key to seduction —headline in Hindustan Times

Husky has the specific connotations of deep and alluring that you’re asking for — though maybe not so much of smooth.

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Where I come from, "husky" means raspy and masculine. Depending on one's tastes this could be attractive I suppose. –  Fixee Feb 21 '11 at 4:27
    
Yeah, my dictionary says "(of a voice or utterance) sounding low-pitched and slightly hoarse" – this doesn't sound particularly smooth or feminine –  Jonik Feb 21 '11 at 10:30
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I agree with "husky." I see this word used in exactly this way with some frequency. –  Mike Feb 21 '11 at 15:06

"A seductive voice" sounds good.

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She has a tantalizing voice.

As reported by the NOAD, the meaning of tantalize is excite the senses or desires of someone.

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You could say she has a sultry voice.

See entry 2b:

exciting or capable of exciting strong sexual desire

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Huh. Weird that you answered a minute before, but got half the votes. –  Django Reinhardt May 8 '11 at 22:44
    
And now I see someone has come along and down-voted my answer, perhaps thinking it happened later than the accepted one. –  Robusto Oct 29 '13 at 19:29

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