hoarse

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hoarse \Hoarse\, adjective [Compar. {Hoarser}, superl. {Hoarsest}.] [OE. hors, also hos, has, AS. h[=a]s; akin to D. heesch, G. heiser, Icel. h[=a]ss, Dan. h[ae]s, Sw. hes. Cf. Prov. E. heazy.]

1. Having a harsh, rough, grating voice or sound, as when affected with a cold; making a rough, harsh cry or sound; as, the hoarse raven.

The hoarse resounding shore. --Dryden.

2. Harsh; grating; discordant; -- said of any sound.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hoarse

adjective

1: deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion; "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking"; "hoarse cries"; "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson [syn: {gruff}, {hoarse}, {husky}]


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