- 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.]
- Harsh; grating; discordant; -- said of any sound.
Etymology: OE. hors, also hos has, AS. hās; akin to D. heesch, G. heiser, Icel. hāss, Dan. hæs, Sw. hes. Cf. Prov. E. heazy