English Vocabulary To Describe Sounds

Learn English vocabulary to describe sounds. This advanced vocabulary will be extremely helpful. We’ll focus on words for describing sounds and noises in English.

Instead of just saying ‘bang,’ you’ll discover how to precisely express yourself in English. We’ll cover words that you can use to describe various sounds, accompanied by plenty of examples.

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English Vocabulary To Describe Sounds

This vocabulary will make it easier for you to express different types of sounds and noises, especially in your written English. It’s particularly beneficial if you’re preparing for proficiency exams, providing you with a variety of words to use when describing noises or sounds.

Throughout this lesson, I’ll provide examples to illustrate each word. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me using the provided details, and I can offer more information if needed.

We have 9 specific words related to sound and another 4 related to noises.

buzzing

Meaning: a continuous, low-pitched sound, often similar to the sound of a bee or an electric device

Examples:

The meadow was alive with the buzzing sounds of bees and other insects as they went about their busy work.

The fridge in the kitchen was making a constant buzzing sound, which could be heard throughout the house.

crashing

Meaning: a loud and sudden noise, often with a sound of impact or collision

Examples:

A sudden crashing sound startled everyone as the tray slipped from the waiter’s hands.

The crashing thunder scared the little dog.

creaking

Meaning: a noise that happens when things, like doors or stairs, move and make a squeaky sound

Examples: 

The constant creaking of doors always sent shivers down the character’s spine.

In the old house, the floorboards made creaking sounds, as if whispering secrets from the past.

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distant

Meaning: sounds that are far away or not close to where you are

Examples:

In the quiet countryside, the distant sound of thunder rumbled softly, promising an approaching storm.

I could hear the distant sound of a car honking from down the street.

distinctive

Meaning: a sound that is special or unique, making it easy to recognise or different from other sounds

Examples:

The distinctive sound of a flute made the music stand out in the concert.

At the beach, the seagulls’ distinctive sound filled the air as they searched for food along the shoreline.

I heard the distinctive sound of a train passing by in the distance.

faint

Meaning: a soft sound that is very quiet, weak, or not easy to hear

Examples: 

I could hear the faint sound of a baby crying in the distance.

I could hear a faint whisper of the wind outside my window.

I could barely hear the music playing in the next room; it was very faint.

shrill (noun)

Meaning: a high-pitched, sharp sound causing discomfort

Examples:

The baby’s shrill cry woke everyone in the house.

The alarm clock’s shrill noise startled me awake.

hushed

Meaning: quiet and soft, often in low tones to avoid noise

Examples:

People spoke in hushed tones at the library.

The room fell hushed as the magician prepared.

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muffled

Meaning: a sound that is not clear or loud because it’s being blocked or covered by something

Examples:

I could hear a muffled conversation from our neighbours through the thick wall.

I heard a muffled voice from behind the closed door.

rumbling

Meaning: a deep and low sound, often continuous, like the noise a distant thunderstorm or a moving train makes

Examples:

The rumbling thunder and sharp flashes of lightning created a sense of a coming storm.

The rumbling lorry drove by, its engine making a noise like faraway thunder.

rustling

Meaning: a soft, light sound that comes from things like leaves, paper, or fabric moving or being disturbed

Examples: 

During autumn, the leaves make a rustling sound.

Nice to listen to the leaves’ rustling sound on a windy day.

grating

Meaning: harsh, unpleasant sound causing annoyance

Examples:

The metal chair scraping was grating on my nerves.

Her grating voice emerged when she was angry.

squeaky

Meaning: high-pitched sound from friction or rubbing

Examples:

The old door hinges were so squeaky they needed oiling.

The squeaky bicycle wheel echoed down the street.

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mellow

Meaning: smooth, soothing sound associated with relaxation

Examples:

Mellow music in the café created a relaxing ambience.

Her mellow voice suited bedtime stories.

raspy

Meaning: rough, hoarse sound from irritation or strain

Examples:

Shouting made his voice raspy; he drank water.

The singer’s raspy voice added grit to the song.

sluggish

Meaning: a sound that is slow and lacks energy, often giving a sense of laziness or lack of activity

Examples:

The sluggish hum of the old refrigerator indicated that it might need some maintenance.

As the batteries ran low, the toy’s music became sluggish, playing at a much slower pace than usual.

sporadic

Meaning: irregular, scattered sound occurrences

Examples:

Sporadic bursts of laughter came from the other room.

Rain was sporadic, with short heavy showers and sunshine.

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banging

Meaning: a loud and sharp noise that happens when something hits or strikes against another object with force

Examples:

The door slammed shut with a banging noise, as the wind rattled the window.

The banging noise was really annoying, and I struggled to focus.

The banging noise echoed through the classroom as a student accidentally slammed the lid of a desk.

constant

Meaning: a sound that continues without stopping or changing

Examples:

In the early morning, the constant noise of crows filled the air as they gathered around their nests.

From morning till night, the constant hum of traffic was a background presence.

excessive

Meaning: a noise that is more than what is considered normal or reasonable

Examples:

The construction site down the street generated excessive noise, making it difficult to relax.

Please remember to be mindful of our neighbours and avoid creating excessive noise.

incessant

Meaning: a noise that doesn’t stop and continues without pause, often in a repetitive manner

Examples:

I had to listen to the incessant ranting and raving of my boss. He went on forever.

The baby’s incessant screaming filled the room with noise.

So this is our vocabulary to describe sounds and noises in English. Practice them and use them, especially in your written English for exams like IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge exams.

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more information

For more information on English grammar rules, English collocations and English idioms, check out the links below:

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You can always study English advanced level at Learning English with the BBC and British Council Learn English.

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