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hoarse

[ hawrs, hohrs ]
/ hɔrs, hoʊrs /
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adjective, hoars·er, hoars·est.
having a vocal tone characterized by weakness of intensity and excessive breathiness; husky: the hoarse voice of the auctioneer.
having a raucous voice.
making a harsh, low sound.
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Origin of hoarse

1350–1400; Middle English hors<Old Norse *hārs (assumed variant of hāss); replacing Middle English hoos,Old English hās, cognate with Old High German heis,Old Saxon hēs

OTHER WORDS FROM hoarse

hoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hoarse

hoarse , horse
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British Dictionary definitions for hoarse

hoarse
/ (hɔːs) /

adjective
gratingly harsh or raucous in tone
low, harsh, and lacking in intensitya hoarse whisper
having a husky voice, as through illness, shouting, etc

Derived forms of hoarse

hoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun

Word Origin for hoarse

C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hās, Old Saxon hēs
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