Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Rough or grating in sound.
  • adjective Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Deep and rough or harsh to the ear; discordant; raucous.
  • Having a deep and harsh or grating voice; uttering low raucous sounds: as, to be hoarse from a cold.
  • To render hoarse: as, he was all hoarsed up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a harsh, rough, grating voice or sound, as when affected with a cold; making a rough, harsh cry or sound.
  • adjective Harsh; grating; discordant; -- said of any sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English hos, hors, from Old English hās, *hārs.]

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From Middle English hors or hos, from Old Norse hás (whence the Icelandic hás), akin to Old English hās.

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