hoarser; hoarsest
1
: rough or harsh in sound : grating
a hoarse voice
2
: having a hoarse voice
shouted himself 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 During the delivery of his Urbi et Orbi message, the traditional apostolic blessing and message to the world, the pope’s voice sounded hoarse at times, but improved from previous weeks. Claudio Lavanga, NBC News, 31 Mar. 2024 Her voice was still hoarse from a weekend that also included several galas and the Critics Choice Awards. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 Elvis sounding hoarse, very likely high, and barely committed to any single note. Stephen Deusner, SPIN, 22 Jan. 2024 Dan Campbell will have the team fired up to make sure the Lions don’t squander their best chance at the divisional round in three decades, and the crowd will be rocking as fans go hoarse watching the first home playoff game in Ford Field history. Jared Ramsey, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for hoarse 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoarse was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hoarse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoarse. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

hoarse

adjective
ˈhō(ə)rs How to pronounce hoarse (audio)
ˈhȯ(ə)rs
hoarser; hoarsest
1
: harsh in sound
2
: having a rough voice
a cold made me hoarse
hoarsely adverb
hoarseness noun

Medical Definition

hoarse

adjective
hoarser; hoarsest
1
: rough or harsh in sound
a hoarse voice
2
: having a hoarse voice
was hoarse from shouting
hoarsely adverb
hoarseness noun

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