hoarse

[hawrs, hohrs]
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adjective, hoars·er, hoars·est.
  1. having a vocal tone characterized by weakness of intensity and excessive breathiness; husky: the hoarse voice of the auctioneer.
  2. having a raucous voice.
  3. 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 hēs
Related formshoarse·ly, adverbhoarse·ness, noun
Can be confusedhoarse horse

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British Dictionary definitions for hoarse

hoarse

adjective
  1. gratingly harsh or raucous in tone
  2. low, harsh, and lacking in intensitya hoarse whisper
  3. having a husky voice, as through illness, shouting, etc
Derived Formshoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun

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
adj.

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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hoarse in Medicine

hoarse

[hôrs]
adj.
  1. Rough or grating in sound, as of a voice.
  2. Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice.
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