Definition of hoarse in English:

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Pronunciation: /hôrs/


(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
More example sentences
  • Ear, nose and throat clinics have been taking patients every day complaining of hoarse voices and throat pains.
  • My voice is hoarse and croaky, my hands hurt and I'm still shaking!
  • Bloom's voice was too hoarse for the scream and the words left his throat in a painful screech.
rough, harsh, throaty, gruff, husky, growly, gravelly, grating, scratchy, raspy, rasping, raucous, croaky, croaking, with a frog in one's throat



Pronunciation: /ˈhôrslē/
Example sentences
  • A Park Avenue-type like Dean shouting hoarsely somehow doesn't compute.
  • At a spankingly spruced-up Corran Park, the home crowd were roaring hoarsely inside the opening minute.
  • ‘Thank you,’ he whispered hoarsely, and Tibyn could see how much he meant it.


Pronunciation: /ˈhôrsən/
Example sentences
  • When voicebox cartilage is inflamed, the voice hoarsens.
  • His deep voice enquired, hoarsened by expensive, hand-rolled Cuban cigars that Kaethe guessed all businessmen had an ample supply of.
  • ‘We have announced ourselves with camarada in a voice strangled and hoarsened by fear,’ he explains.


Pronunciation: /ˈhôrsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Very few patients report upper respiratory tract symptoms such as rhinorrhoea, nasal obstruction, sneezing, sore throat, or hoarseness.
  • Some consistent clinical findings are nonproductive cough, low-grade fever, sore throat and hoarseness.
  • It is unlikely that you will experience any problems after the test other than a mild sore throat, hoarseness, cough, or muscle aches.


Old English hās, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hees. The spelling with r was influenced in Middle English by an Old Norse cognate.

Words that rhyme with hoarse

coarse, corse, course, divorce, endorse (US indorse), enforce, force, gorse, horse, morse, Norse, perforce, reinforce, sauce, source, torse

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