[hawrs, hohrs]
adjective, hoarser, hoarsest.
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.

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, adverb
hoarseness, noun

hoarse, horse.

1. harsh, grating; throaty, rough.
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hoarse (hɔːs)
1.  gratingly harsh or raucous in tone
2.  low, harsh, and lacking in intensity: a hoarse whisper
3.  having a husky voice, as through illness, shouting, etc
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hās, Old Saxon hēs]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. has, from P.Gmc. *khaisa- (cf. O.S. hes, O.N. hass, Ger. heiser "hoarse"), probably originally meaning "dried out, rough." The -r- is difficult to explain; it is first attested c.1400, but it may indicate an unrecorded O.E. variant *hars.
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hoarse (hôrs)
adj. hoars·er, hoars·est

  1. Rough or grating in sound, as of a voice.

  2. Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice.

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Example sentences
It screams hoarsely and loudly, for no obvious reason.
Now, on mild evenings, only an occasional one is heard rasping hoarsely.
Usually quiet and aloof, the bulls become quarrelsome and can be heard bellowing hoarsely.
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