Also called shucking. the act of removing husks, especially those of corn.

Origin of husking

An Americanism dating back to 1685–95; husk + -ing1




the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn.
the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.

verb (used with object)

to remove the husk from.

Origin of husk

1350–1400; Middle English huske, equivalent to hus- (akin to Old English hosu pod, husk) + -ke, weak variant of -ock
Related formshusk·er, nounhusk·like, adjectiveun·husked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for husking

Historical Examples of husking

  • Get it ready for canning by husking it and removing the silk.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • It was suggested that he might be the author of the poem read at the husking.


    Samuel T. Pickard

  • I said, and stood like a bound boy at a husking, without a word to say for myself.

  • Other duties are the husking of rice and the making of cheroots.

  • Did Leah Herrick say anything to you against me the other night at the husking?


    Henry Peterson

British Dictionary definitions for husking




the external green or membranous covering of certain fruits and seeds
any worthless outer covering


(tr) to remove the husk from
Derived Formshusker, nounhusklike, adjective

Word Origin for husk

C14: probably based on Middle Dutch huusken little house, from hūs house; related to Old English hosu husk, hūs house




bronchitis in cattle, sheep, and goats, usually caused by lungworm infestation
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Word Origin and History for husking



late 14c., huske "dry, outer skin of certain fruits and seeds," of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch huuskyn "little house, core of fruit, case," diminutive of huus "house," or from an equivalent formation in English (see house). As a verb, attested from 1560s. Related: Husked; husking.

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