From Middle English hors, hos, from Old English hās, *hārs, from Proto-Germanic *haisaz, *haisraz, akin to Old Norse háss (West Norse) and heiss (East Norse) (whence Icelandic hás, Norwegian Nynorsk hås, Norwegian Bokmål hes and Swedish hes).
- (General American) enPR: hōrs, IPA(key): /hɔɹs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɔːs/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /ho(ː)ɹs/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /hoəs/
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- Homophone: horse (in accents with the horse-hoarse merger)
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)s
- Having a dry, harsh tone to the voice, as a result of a sore throat, age, emotion, etc.
afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice