Grammar Patterns

V with quote

The 'scream' group

These verbs indicate how something is said, for example how loudly or quickly, or at what pitch. Some verbs, such as wail and rasp also indicate the feeling that the speaker has (see also meaning group 5 below).
Most of these verbs are usually used in fiction rather than in journalism or conversation.
She called out, 'Nina, come in here and look at this.'
'I guess you guys don't mind if I smoke?' he drawled.
She hesitated before gabbling, 'I bought them this afternoon. I was trying them on.'
When he came back I asked him whether it was still raining. 'Don't know,' he muttered. 'I didn't notice.'
'Traitor!' she screamed.
'He's coming,' Egan whispered.
  • babble
  • bark
  • bawl
  • bellow
  • bleat
  • boom
  • bray
  • breathe
  • burble
  • call
  • chant
  • chirp
  • chirrup
  • coo
  • croak
  • croon
  • cry
  • declaim
  • drawl
  • ejaculate
  • exclaim
  • gabble
  • growl
  • hiss
  • holler
  • howl
  • intone
  • lisp
  • mouth
  • mumble
  • murmur
  • mutter
  • pipe
  • purr
  • rasp
  • roar
  • scream
  • screech
  • shout
  • shriek
  • shrill
  • sing
  • slur
  • splutter
  • sputter
  • squawk
  • squeal
  • stammer
  • thunder
  • trill
  • twitter
  • wail
  • wheeze
  • whine
  • whisper
  • yell
  • boom out
  • call out
  • cry out
  • holler out
  • rap out
  • shout out
  • sing out
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