“It's funny: he's this big, burly guy but his voice is all soft and high-pitched.”
You're describing someone that you work with to a friend who's met him a few times. This coworker's voice doesn't fit how he looks.
It's funny: he's this big, burly guy but his voice is all soft and high-pitched.
Use this phrase to introduce something you've noticed which is interesting and unexpected. For example:
It's funny: I always thought that Drew was taller than you, but now I see that you're taller.
It's funny: when I was young I used to think that 40 was so old. Now I'm turning 40 myself, but I still feel like a kid in some ways.
The word "burly" describes a man who is large and strong-looking. He might also have rough skin, a beard, and a big belly.
We often combine "burly" with "big":
He's a big, burly guy.
It's uncommon to call a woman "burly", even if she's big and strong.
If someone usually doesn't speak loudly, you can say that they have a "soft voice".
Here are some sounds that are "high-pitched":
- a flute
- a female opera singer
- a baby's voice
- a whistle
Some "low-pitched" sounds include:
- a bass guitar
- the horn on a large truck