from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Rough or grating in sound: a hoarse cry.
- adj. Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice: yelled ourselves hoarse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a harsh, rough, grating voice or sound, as when affected with a cold; making a rough, harsh cry or sound.
- adj. Harsh; grating; discordant; -- said of any sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
Middle English hos, hors, from Old English hās, *hārs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hors or hos, from Old Norse hás (whence the Icelandic hás), akin to Old English hās. (Wiktionary)