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  1. toweling of linen or cotton, of a distinctive absorbent weave.
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Origin of huckaback

First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain
Also called huck.
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Examples from the Web for huckaback

Historical Examples of huckaback

  • “I tell you again, Huckaback; I wish to have no more of Cerise,” cried the pacha.

    The Pacha of Many Tales

    Frederick Marryat

  • We also have huckaback towels made of cotton or linen or a mixture of cotton and linen.

  • There was an obvious reason for this polite allusion to Huckaback.

  • Huckaback produced a sheet, somewhat crumpled, from a drawer.

  • Huckaback wrung his friend's hand, and was in a moment or two alone.

British Dictionary definitions for huckaback


  1. a coarse absorbent linen or cotton fabric used for towels and informal shirts, etcAlso called: huck (hʌk)
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Word Origin for huckaback

C17: of unknown origin
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