Etymology
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hoarse (adj.)

late 14c., hors, earlier hos, from Old English has "hoarse," from Proto-Germanic *haisa- (source also of Old Saxon hes, Old Norse hass, Dutch hees, Old High German heisi, German heiser "hoarse"), perhaps originally meaning "dried out, rough." The unetymological -r- is difficult to explain; it is first attested c. 1400, but it may indicate an unrecorded Old English variant *hars. It also appears in a variant form in Middle Dutch. Related: Hoarsely; hoarseness.

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Definitions of hoarse

hoarse (adj.)
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion; "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson;
hoarse cries
Synonyms: gruff / husky
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