[hawrs, hohrs] /hɔrs, hoʊrs/
adjective, hoarser, hoarsest.
having a vocal tone characterized by weakness of intensity and excessive breathiness; husky:
the hoarse voice of the auctioneer.
having a raucous voice.
making a harsh, low sound.
gratingly harsh or raucous in tone
low, harsh, and lacking in intensity: a hoarse whisper
having a husky voice, as through illness, shouting, etc
late 14c., hors, earlier hos, from Old English has “hoarse,” from Proto-Germanic *haisa- (cf. Old Saxon hes, Old Norse hass, Dutch hees, Old High German heisi, German heiser “hoarse”), perhaps originally meaning “dried out, rough.” The -r- is difficult to explain; it is first attested c.1400, but it may indicate an unrecorded Old English variant *hars. Related: Hoarsely; hoarseness.
adj. hoars·er, hoars·est
[hawr-ee, hohr-ee] /ˈhɔr i, ˈhoʊr i/ adjective, hoarier, hoariest. 1. gray or white with age: an old dog with a hoary muzzle. 2. ancient or venerable: hoary myths. 3. tedious from familiarity; stale: Please don’t tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight. /ˈhɔːrɪ/ adjective hoarier, hoariest 1. having grey or white hair 2. white […]
- Hoary cress
noun 1. a perennial Mediterranean plant, Cardaria (or Lepidium) draba, with small white flowers: a widespread troublesome weed: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
verb phrase To ride forward on a surfboard so that the toes of both feet are over the edge (1960s+ Surfers)
[hawr-ee-hed-id, hohr-] /ˈhɔr iˈhɛd ɪd, ˈhoʊr-/ adjective 1. having the gray or white hair of advanced age.