Definition of hoarse
1 : rough or harsh in sound : grating a hoarse voice
2 : having a hoarse voice shouted himself hoarse
Examples of hoarse in a sentence
She could only speak in a hoarse whisper.
The cold made me a little hoarse.
Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of hoarse for English Language Learners
: having a harsh or rough sound or voice
HOARSE Defined for Kids
Definition of hoarse for Students
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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