[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.

hoarse (hôrs)
adj. hoars·er, hoars·est


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