hoarse

adjective
\ ˈhȯrs How to pronounce hoarse (audio) \
hoarser; hoarsest

Definition of hoarse

1 : rough or harsh in sound : grating a hoarse voice
2 : having a hoarse voice shouted himself hoarse

Other Words from hoarse

hoarsely adverb
hoarseness noun

Examples of hoarse in a Sentence

She could only speak in a hoarse whisper. The cold made me a little hoarse.
Recent Examples on the Web In a welcomed welcome for Melvin, Padres fans hollered themselves hoarse from the start. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 Both have distinctive hoarse voices, great hair and a flair for self-aggrandizing themselves as the saviors of their profession. Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2022 Shouting so much, his voice is hoarse after every game, needing Throat Coat to recover. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 Other croup symptoms include a hoarse voice, throat pain and stridor—a creaking rattle when a child inhales. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 3 Feb. 2022 An allergic reaction can include the following symptoms: skin rash, hoarse voice, shortness of breath, cough, itchy mouth or throat, swollen lips, tongue or eyelids, lightheadedness, abdominal pain, or vomiting. Serena Coady, SELF, 23 Mar. 2022 Having to scream over construction workers’ jackhammers tearing up the concrete nearby resulted in Bruno’s trademark hoarse voice. James Kay, chicagotribune.com, 5 Mar. 2022 Days after her August surgery, Griffin said in an Instagram video that her voice was still really hoarse, half-whispering in a gruff, barely recognizable voice. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 That voice – superhuman, louder than a locomotive, able to leap tall octaves in a single bound – sounds hoarse and congested over the telephone today. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hoarse

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoarse

Middle English hos, hors, probably from Old Norse *hārs, hāss; akin to Old English hās hoarse, Old High German heis

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More Definitions for hoarse

hoarse

adjective
\ ˈhȯrs How to pronounce hoarse (audio) \
hoarser; hoarsest

Kids Definition of hoarse

1 : harsh in sound a hoarse voice
2 : having a rough voice I was hoarse from talking too much.

Other Words from hoarse

hoarsely adverb
hoarseness noun

hoarse

adjective
\ ˈhō(ə)rs, ˈhȯ(ə)rs How to pronounce hoarse (audio) \
hoarser; hoarsest

Medical Definition of hoarse

1 : rough or harsh in sound a hoarse voice
2 : having a hoarse voice was hoarse from shouting

Other Words from hoarse

hoarsely adverb
hoarseness noun

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