1. deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion;
- Example: "gruff voices"
- Example: "the dog's gruff barking"
- Example: "hoarse cries"
- Example: "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson
[syn: gruff, hoarse, husky]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hoarse \Hoarse\, a. [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. [1913 Webster] The hoarse resounding shore. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Harsh; grating; discordant; -- said of any sound. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "hoarse": blurred, brassy, brazen, breathy, choked, choking, coarse, cracked, croaking, croaky, drawling, drawly, dry, dysphonic, grating, gruff, guttural, harsh, harsh-sounding, hawking, husky, inarticulate, indistinct, jarring, lisping, metallic, mispronounced, muzzy, nasal, quavering, ragged, rasping, raucid, raucous, rough, roupy, rude, shaking, shaky, snuffling, squawking, squawky, stertorous, stifled, strangled, strident, stridulous, thick, throaty, tinny, tremulous, twangy, velar