husky

1
[ huhs-kee ]
/ ˈhʌs ki /

adjective, husk·i·er, husk·i·est.

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 husk·ies.

a size of garments meant for the larger or heavier than average boy.

Origin of husky

1
First recorded in 1545–55; husk + -y1

Related forms

husk·i·ly, adverbhusk·i·ness, noun

Definition for husky (2 of 3)

husky

2
[ huhs-kee ]
/ ˈhʌs ki /

noun, plural husk·ies. Informal.

a big, strong person.

Origin of husky

2
1865–70; noun use of husky1, with the suffix taken as -y2

Definition for husky (3 of 3)

husky

3
[ huhs-kee ]
/ ˈhʌs ki /

noun, plural husk·ies. (sometimes initial capital letter)

Canadian Slang.
  1. an Inuit.
  2. the language of the Inuit.

Origin of husky

3
1870–75; by ellipsis from husky dog, husky breed; compare Newfoundland and Labrador dial. Husky a Labrador Inuit, earlier Huskemaw, Uskemaw, ultimately < the same Algonquian source as Eskimo
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British Dictionary definitions for husky (1 of 2)

husky

1
/ (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

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)

husky

2
/ (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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