[ hawrs, hohrs ]
/ hɔrs, hoʊrs /
Save This Word!
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR hoarse
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?
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 hoarsehoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hoarsehoarse , horse
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
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 forms of hoarsehoarsely, adverbhoarseness, noun
Word Origin for hoarse
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hās, Old Saxon hēs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012