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.
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 hēsRelated formshoarse·ly, adverbhoarse·ness, nounCan be confusedhoarse horse
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Related Words for hoarsethroaty
British Dictionary definitions for hoarse
Derived Formshoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun
gratingly harsh or raucous in tone
low, harsh, and lacking in intensitya hoarse whisper
having a husky voice, as through illness, shouting, etc
Word Origin for hoarse
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hās, Old Saxon hēs
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Word Origin and History for hoarse
late 14c., hors, earlier hos, from Old English has "hoarse," from Proto-Germanic *haisa- (cf. Old Saxon hes, Old Norse hass, Dutch hees, Old High German heisi, German heiser "hoarse"), perhaps originally meaning "dried out, rough." The -r- is difficult to explain; it is first attested c.1400, but it may indicate an unrecorded Old English variant *hars. Related: Hoarsely; hoarseness.
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Rough or grating in sound, as of a voice.
Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice.
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