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husky

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[ huhs-kee ]
/ ˈhʌs ki /
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adjective, husk·i·er, husk·i·est.
noun, plural husk·ies.
a size of garments meant for the larger or heavier than average boy.
Informal. a big, strong person.
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Origin of husky

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First recorded in 1545–55 for def. 3, 1720-25 for def. 2, 1860–65 for def. 7, and 1890–95 for def. 1; husk + -y1, -y2

OTHER WORDS FROM husky

husk·i·ly, adverbhusk·i·ness, noun

Other definitions for husky (2 of 2)

husky2
[ huhs-kee ]
/ ˈhʌs ki /

noun, plural husk·ies.
Husky, Canadian Slang.
  1. an Inuit.
  2. the language of the Inuit.

Origin of husky

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First recorded in 1870–75; shortening of husky dog, husky breed; compare Newfoundland and Labrador dialect Husky “an Inuit from Labrador,” earlier Huskemaw, Uskemaw, ultimately from the same Algonquian source as Eskimo
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British Dictionary definitions for husky (1 of 2)

husky1
/ (ˈhʌskɪ) /

adjective huskier or huskiest
(of a voice, an utterance, etc) slightly hoarse or rasping
of, like, or containing husks
informal big, strong, and well-built

Derived forms of husky

huskily, adverbhuskiness, noun

Word Origin for husky

C19: probably from husk, from the toughness of a corn husk

British Dictionary definitions for husky (2 of 2)

husky2
/ (ˈhʌskɪ) /

noun plural 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 for husky

C19: probably based on Eskimo
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