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hoarse

[hawrs, hohrs] /hɔrs, hoʊrs/
adjective, hoarser, hoarsest.
1.
having a vocal tone characterized by weakness of intensity and excessive breathiness; husky:
the hoarse voice of the auctioneer.
2.
having a raucous voice.
3.
making a harsh, low sound.
Origin
1350-1400
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.
Synonyms
1. harsh, grating; throaty, rough.
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  • 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/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
hoarsely, adverb
hoarseness, noun
Word Origin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hās, Old Saxon hēs
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Word Origin and History for hoarseness

hoarse

adj.

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.

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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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