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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.


A voice like a broken phonograph.

Her voice was like a bagpipe suffering from tonsillitis.

For thy voice like an echo from Fairyland seems.

A voice like the whistle of birds.
—Arabian Nights

Her voice is like the harmony of angels.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

A voice like a concertina that has been left out in the rain.
—Max Beerbohm

A voice like the cry of an expiring mouse, shrill and thin.
—Arthur. C. Benson

Gruff voice, like the creaking of the gallows-chain.
—R. D. Blackmore

It was a voice so mellow, so bright and warm and round,
As if a beam of sunshine had been melted into sound.
—Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

Voice like the music of rills.
—William Cullen Bryant

Her voice is like the evening thrush
That sings in Cessnock banks unseen,
While his mate sits nestling in the bush.
—Robert Burns

His voice is like the rising storm.
—Lord Byron

Liquid voice resounded like the prelude of a flute.
—Gabriel D’Annunzio

Voice, as pure and sweet as if from heaven.
—Aubrey De Vere

Voice … as sweet as the murmur of the brook and the rustle of the corn.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

A voice as sweet as the evening breeze of Boreas in the pleasant month of November.
—Henry Fielding

Delicate voices, like silver bells.
—Nikolai V. Gogol

Voice like a coyote with bronchitis.
—O. Henry

A voice like a strained foghorn.
—W. W. Jacobs

A voice like the fourth string of a violoncello.
—Charles James Lever

Something like the voice of a frog with a quinsy.
—Charles James Lever

Voice like dish-water gurgling through a sink.
—Octave Mirbeau

Voice was like hollow wind in a cave.

Voice, low as the summer music of a brook.
—T. Buchanan Read

With full voice, pure and clear, uplifted, as some classic melody in sweetest legends of old minstrelsy.
—James Whitcomb Riley

Voice, as hollow as the hollow sea.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Thy voice like rills
Of silver, trills
Such sounds of liquid sweetness.
—Charles Sangster

Voice … is soft like solitude’s.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

A voice like a north wind blowing over corn stubble in January.
—Carl Stanburg

Voice … like a peace-giving orison.
—Hermann Sudermann

Voice like quiring waves.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Voice …
That rings athwart the sea whence no man steers
Like joy-bells crossed with death-bells in our ears.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bernhardt’s … voice is like a thing detachable from herself, a thing which she takes in her hands like a musical instrument, playing on the stops cunningly with her fingers.
—Arthur Symons

A great voice, as of a trumpet.
—New Testament

I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child.
—Old Testament

The tones of her voice, like the music which seems
Murmur’d low in our ears by the Angel of dreams.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

A fall of voice,
Regretted like the nightingale’s last note.
—William Wordsworth