- big and strong; burly.
- (of the voice) having a semiwhispered vocal tone; somewhat hoarse, as when speaking with a cold or from grief or passion.
- like, covered with, or full of husks.
- made in a size meant for the larger or heavier than average boy: size 18 husky pants.
- for, pertaining to, or wearing clothing in this size: the husky department; husky boys.
- a size of garments meant for the larger or heavier than average boy.
Origin of husky1
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Examples from the Web for huskily
He looked very thin, was huskily bearded, and in a slim blue suit.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
"I don't understand how you can be so hard," his mother wailed, huskily.Alice Adams
Henry said huskily, for his father's questions embarrassed him strangely.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Strangeways recovered himself with an effort, "No, no," he said huskily.Murder Point
“Mr. Thornton,” she whispered, huskily, and could say no more.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
"I will keep to my part of the compact, Jessie," he said, huskily.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
- (of a voice, an utterance, etc) slightly hoarse or rasping
- of, like, or containing husks
- informal big, strong, and well-built
- a breed of Arctic sled dog with a thick dense coat, pricked ears, and a curled tail
- Canadian slang
- a member of the Inuit people
- the Inuit language
Word Origin and History for huskily
"hoarse," c.1722 in reference to a cattle disease (of persons, 1740), from husk on the notion of "dry as a husk." Earlier (1550s) "having husks." Sense of "tough and strong" (like corn husks) is first found 1869, American English. Related: Huskily; huskiness.
"Eskimo dog," 1852, Canadian English, earlier (1830) hoskey "an Eskimo," probably shortened variant of Ehuskemay (1743), itself a variant of Eskimo.
The moment any vessel is noticed steering for these islands [Whalefish Islands], the Esquimaux, or "Huskies,"* as the Danes customarily term them, come off in sufficient numbers to satisfy you that you are near the haunts of uncivilized men, and will afford sufficient information to guide any stranger to his anchorage. *"Husky" is their own term. I recollect the chorus to a song at Kamtchatka was "Husky, Husky." ["Last of the Arctic Voyages," London, 1855]