Definition of hoarse in US English:



  • (of a person's voice) sounding rough and harsh, typically as the result of a sore throat or of shouting.

    ‘a hoarse whisper’
    as complement ‘he shouted himself hoarse’
    • ‘He had shouted out the window until his voice had gone hoarse, which hadn't taken long.’
    • ‘My hands flung behind my back and I leapt backward as the deep, hoarse voice spoke.’
    • ‘Her voice was hoarse and she was very weak, for she could barely lift her arms to hug me.’
    • ‘My voice is hoarse and croaky, my hands hurt and I'm still shaking!’
    • ‘Speaking at an abnormal or uncomfortable pitch can lead to hoarse voice.’
    • ‘He didn't speak for a while, and when he did, his voice was somewhat hoarse.’
    • ‘Kari recognized that it was her father's hoarse voice from the left side of the room.’
    • ‘Bloom's voice was too hoarse for the scream and the words left his throat in a painful screech.’
    • ‘Angela's voice was hoarse, and barely about a whisper as she reached out her hand to us.’
    • ‘His voice was hoarse and his neck hurt as he tried to look over at his father.’
    • ‘Mary placed the muzzle against his forehead and when she spoke, her voice was hoarse and sounded strangely foreign to herself.’
    • ‘Mrs. Leander went on in her hoarse voice, one that tells of her motherhood.’
    • ‘I battle against the crying of babies and the shouts of toddlers and end up screaming and shouting myself hoarse.’
    • ‘As she recognized the hoarse voice, a new sort of terror now gripped her heart.’
    • ‘If your hoarse voice does not recover after two weeks then seek medical attention.’
    • ‘Arhen yelped, but his hoarse voice prevented him from saying anything above a whisper.’
    • ‘His aged voice was hoarse, slow and soothing, a fatherly sound that Alsonte found foreign.’
    • ‘Lari's voice was hoarse and weak, like she had been sleeping for a week.’
    • ‘Ear, nose and throat clinics have been taking patients every day complaining of hoarse voices and throat pains.’
    • ‘A hoarse voice is the first complaint of a person with a problem in the voice box.’
    rough, harsh, croaky, croaking, throaty, gruff, husky, guttural, gravelly, growly, cracked, grating, rasping, raucous
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Old English hās, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hees. The spelling with r was influenced in Middle English by an Old Norse cognate.