I'm looking for a word that can describe a person continuously talking angrily as if fighting with someone, for example over a phone, but in a low and whispering manner.

  • 1
    Growling. e.g. "Stop that!" he growled. – Blessed Geek Oct 27 '13 at 5:15
  • That's good, more in a continuous fashion. – AnotherGuest Oct 27 '13 at 5:18
  • 1
    "Stop that, you i--di-ot!" he growled in syncopated whisper. – Blessed Geek Oct 27 '13 at 5:22
  • How about simply, "Nathan could overhear a man at the other end of the bar arguing with someone on the phone in an angry whisper." – Jim Oct 27 '13 at 5:48
  • 2
    He "spoke like Batman" over the phone. – J.R. Oct 27 '13 at 7:51

As already noted you could use growl:-

v.intr. 1. To emit a low guttural sound or utterance. 2. To speak in an angry or surly manner.

or possibly snarl:-

v.intr. 1. To growl viciously while baring the teeth. 2. To speak angrily or threateningly.

or perhaps hiss:-

  1. A sharp sibilant sound similar to a sustained s.
  2. An expression of disapproval, contempt, or dissatisfaction conveyed by use of this sound.

v.tr. 1. To utter with a hiss: 2. To express (a negative view or reaction) by uttering a hiss: The audience hissed its displeasure.

|improve this answer|||||

Have you thought of 'a malevolent undertone'. It sounds more sinister than an 'angry growl'.

|improve this answer|||||

I would use mutter. It combines connotations of both anger and low volume in a way that isn't true of growl.

|improve this answer|||||

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.