As in "an echoey room". People do use this word in speech, but it isn't proper in writing. I thought of "echoing", but that implies that something is currently making an echo, whereas what I'm looking for would mean that if there was a noise in the room, it would echo. Are there any real words for this?
Reverberant - having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected; "a reverberant room"; "the reverberant booms of cannon".
The other word I've seen used is "live" or perhaps "lively", used as a direct opposite of "flat" or "dead" (used in a musical or acoustic context).
Aside from "echoey" itself and "live" (as @BradC suggests), I might use "resonant".
Is there anything wrong with 'an echoing room'?
Edited: though echoing originally meant 'with echoes currently resounding', surely it has an extended meaning as well. "The Queen lives in an echoing palace" doesn't cease to be true when there's no noise.
"echoic" would work in a narrow technical sense, but you could figuratively expand it, if you were so inclined. E.g., Apparent distance of sounds recorded in echoic and anechoic chambers.
Resonant, lively, resounding, reverberant all seem useful in various contexts.
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