[hawrs, hohrs] /hɔrs, hoʊrs/
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
Related forms
hoarsely, adverb
hoarseness, noun
Can be confused
hoarse, horse.
1. harsh, grating; throaty, rough.
Example Sentences for hoarseness
Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice.
British Dictionary definitions for hoarseness
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 and History for hoarseness
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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hoarseness in Medicine

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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