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[huhs-kee] /ˈhʌs ki/
adjective, huskier, huskiest.
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.
noun, plural huskies.
a size of garments meant for the larger or heavier than average boy.
Origin of husky1
First recorded in 1545-55; husk + -y1
Related forms
huskily, adverb
huskiness, noun
1. robust, brawny, strapping. 2. harsh, gruff, rasping, throaty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I don't understand how you can be so hard," his mother wailed, huskily.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • 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

    Coningsby Dawson
  • “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
  • "Alice Lee had better not be invited to the ball," he said, huskily.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • "I am so thankful that it is no worse, Iris," he breathed, huskily.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • "You would always be welcome to me, Iris," he said, huskily.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • "You must remember that—that I have a father's feelings," he gasped then, huskily.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for huskily


adjective huskier, huskiest
(of a voice, an utterance, etc) slightly hoarse or rasping
of, like, or containing husks
(informal) big, strong, and well-built
Derived Forms
huskily, adverb
huskiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably from husk, from the toughness of a corn husk


noun (pl) huskies
a breed of Arctic sled dog with a thick dense coat, pricked ears, and a curled tail
(Canadian, slang)
  1. a member of the Inuit people
  2. the Inuit language
Word Origin
C19: probably based on Eskimo
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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]

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