What does the sentence below mean?

  • His voice grates on my ears.
  • His voice grates on my nerves.

Please have a look on Longman's definition below:

To grate on (to annoy someone):
 - Mr Fen had a loud voice that grated on her ears.

My questions:

  1. How shall I paraphrase them with a precise definition?
  2. Do they indicate that his voice is "annoying" or so they imply that his voice is "harsh sounding" or something else?

Does the following sentence sound informal and disapproving to you? (There are some reason behind asking this question):

  • His voice is in one's nerves.

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