[ hawrs, hohrs ]
/ hɔrs, hoʊrs /
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
Related formshoarse·ly, adverbhoarse·ness, noun
Can be confusedhoarse horse
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British Dictionary definitions for hoarse
/ (hɔːs) /
gratingly harsh or raucous in tone
low, harsh, and lacking in intensitya hoarse whisper
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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Medicine definitions for hoarse
[ hôrs ]
Rough or grating in sound, as of a voice.
Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice.
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