[huhk-uh l-ber-ee]

noun, plural huck·le·ber·ries.

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.

Origin of huckleberry

1660–70, Americanism; perhaps alteration of hurtleberry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of huckleberry

Historical Examples of huckleberry

  • 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.


    Edward Eggleston

British Dictionary definitions for huckleberry


noun plural -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 (def. 1)

Word Origin for huckleberry

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.

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