[ 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
hoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun
hoarse , 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
hoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hās, Old Saxon hēs
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Medical 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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