Simple Definition of hoarse
: having a harsh or rough sound or voice
Full Definition of hoarse
1 : rough or harsh in sound : grating <a hoarse voice>
2 : having a hoarse voice <shouted himself hoarse>
Examples of hoarse
She could only speak in a hoarse whisper.
The cold made me a little hoarse.
Origin of hoarse
Middle English hos, hors, probably from Old Norse *hārs, hāss; akin to Old English hās hoarse, Old High German heis
First Known Use: before 12th century
HOARSE Defined for Kids
Definition of hoarse
1 : harsh in sound <a hoarse voice>
2 : having a rough voice <I was hoarse from talking too much.>
Medical Definition of hoarse
1: rough or harsh in sound <a hoarse voice>
2: having a hoarse voice <was hoarse from shouting>
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