hoarse

adjective
\ˈhȯrs \
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.

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Croup can also cause a fever, a hoarse voice, and difficult or noisy breathing. Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV's Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Son Was Hospitalized for Croup," 16 Oct. 2018 Dragojevic, who died Sunday at the age of 70, was known for his hoarse voice and accent typical of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Eldar Emric, The Seattle Times, "Croatia bids emotional farewell to beloved singer Dragojevic," 31 July 2018 When the other voices are not enough, Smith pulls a hoarse yell from somewhere near his sternum and lathers out his judgment. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 Pat Casey’s eyes well and his voice grows hoarse in recalling the scene. SI.com, "Prospect and Pariah," 16 May 2018 Once a dog's vocal cords have been removed its bark is said to sound more like a hoarse cough. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Breeder 'debarked' dogs by shoving a pipe down their throats, Penn. authorities say," 30 May 2018 Was quite high and sang myself hoarse on the bus back. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 Playing in the Wells Fargo Tournament’s Pro-Am, the former Panthers, Broncos and Bears coach was as jovial as ever with his hoarse voice and rosey cheeks. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "John Fox Gets Why the Bears Let Him Go," 11 May 2018 In the telephone call, a Chinese woman vents her despair between hoarse sobs. Chris Buckley And Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Liu Xia, in Call From China, Tells of the Agony of Endless Captivity," 4 May 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hoarse

: having a harsh or rough sound or voice

hoarse

adjective
\ˈhȯrs \
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 \
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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