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

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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 CORY BOOKER Cory Booker wrapped up his tenth swing through Nevada on Thursday, his voice still hoarse from the flu the campaign says took him off the trail over the weekend, reports CBS News campaign reporter Alex Tin. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats sound alarm as courts target ACA," 19 Dec. 2019 The next time the Brights saw their children, a few days later, Charlotte had a gash on her face and a black eye, and Mason’s cries were hoarse. NBC News, "CPS took their kids. Now, the agency says it found no evidence of abuse.," 11 Nov. 2019 The nighttime soundtrack at Villa Carmen—a lodge like the one at Wayqecha, maintained by Conservación Amazónica to help finance research—was giant coffee grinders, hoarse dogs barking, seals huffing at their breathing holes, and muted sirens. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Despite having to cancel appearances at several South Carolina events to rest his hoarse voice, Sanders is already scheduled to return to the South next weekend for events at three historically black colleges — another post-Labor Day change. NBC News, "Sanders shakes up staff as campaign enters new phase," 16 Sep. 2019 And Thursday night his voice was hoarse, not helpful on a night when both Biden and Warren brought their full energy. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Which Democrat won? A debate expert grades the performances," 13 Sep. 2019 Bernie Sanders debuted a gravelly, extra hoarse voice, prompting a great many calls for therapeutic throat lozenges. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "7 Key Moments From the Third 2020 Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 McLean was a standout at the microphone — his solos came through with clarity and power — and although Littrell sounded a mite hoarse, earnest emotion served him well, making up for any lapses. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Does Birmingham still care about the Backstreet Boys? (Spoiler alert: Yes!)," 5 Sep. 2019 Her voice was hoarse and sometimes barely audible, which the court said was due to laryngitis. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Backs Virginia Ban on Uranium Mining," 17 June 2019

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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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“Hoarse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoarse. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for hoarse

hoarse

adjective
How to pronounce hoarse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hoarse

: having a harsh or rough sound or voice

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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