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[huhk-uh l-ber-ee] /ˈhʌk əlˌbɛr i/
noun, plural huckleberries.
the dark-blue or black edible berry of any of various shrubs belonging to the genus Gaylussacia of the heath family.
a shrub bearing such fruit.
blueberry (def 1).
Origin of huckleberry
1660-70, Americanism; perhaps alteration of hurtleberry Unabridged
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  • huckleberry Omelet is made the same way as Strawberry Omelet.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • There never was any boy here of that name, and no huckleberry Finn.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • Every figure in the book is a type; huckleberry Finn has exaggerated none.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • Then he showed huckleberry how to make an H and an F, and the oath was complete.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Then he had breakfast, ordered his carriage, and drove to huckleberry Street.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for huckleberry


noun (pl) -ries
any American ericaceous shrub of the genus Gaylussacia, having edible dark blue berries with large seeds
the fruit of any of these shrubs
another name for blueberry
a Brit name for whortleberry (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: probably a variant of hurtleberry, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for huckleberry

1660s, American English, probably an alteration of Middle English hurtilbery "whortleberry" (15c.), from Old English horte "whortleberry." Technically the fruit and plant of Gaylussacia, but also widely colloquially applied to the closely related blueberry (Vaccinium). Slang meaning "person of little consequence" is attested from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for huckleberry



  1. A man; fellow; guy: Well, I'm your huckleberry, Mr Haney (1883+)
  2. A sweet, agreeable person, hence sometimes a dupe •A very mild and affectionate insult (1895+ Students)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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