hoarse

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From Middle English hors or hos, from Old Norse háss (whence the Icelandic hás), from Proto-Germanic *haisaz, akin to Old English hās.

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hoarse (comparative hoarser, superlative hoarsest)

  1. Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.

1567 Arthur Golding: Ovid's Metamorphoses; Bk.2 lines 597-8

  She did bereve hir of hir speach. In steade whereof there went
  An yreful, horce, and dreadfull voyce out from a threatning throte:

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