AskDefine | Define hoarse

Dictionary Definition

hoarse adj : 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, husky]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old Norse *hars, akin to Old English hās


  • /hɔəs, hors/
  • SAMPA: /hO@s, hOrs/


  1. Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.


Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice

Extensive Definition

Dysphonia is the medical term for hoarseness or other phonation disorders. It is considered much less severe than aphonia.

Common types of dysphonia

hoarse in Bulgarian: Дисфония
hoarse in German: Dysphonie
hoarse in Hebrew: צרידות
hoarse in Polish: Chrypka
hoarse in Yiddish: הייזעריג

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