- 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
- 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 and History for hoarseness
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.
- Rough or grating in sound, as of a voice.
- Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice.