An example of something hoarse is the voice of someone with a bad cold.
- harsh and grating in sound; sounding rough and husky
- having a rough, husky voice, esp. temporarily as from irritation of the throat or vocal cords
Origin of hoarseMiddle English hors, hase from Old English has, akin to Old Norse h?ss, Old Saxon h?s, Old High German heisi from Indo-European base an unverified form kai-, heat from source hot, heat
- Rough or grating in sound: a hoarse cry.
- Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice: yelled ourselves hoarse.
Origin of hoarseMiddle English hos, hors from Old English hās, *hārs
From Middle English hors or hos, from Old Norse hás (whence the Icelandic hás), akin to Old English hās.