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husky

1

[ huhs-kee ]

adjective

, husk·i·er, husk·i·est.
  1. big and strong; burly.

    Synonyms: strapping, brawny, robust

  2. (of the voice) having a semiwhispered vocal tone; somewhat hoarse, as when speaking with a cold or from grief or passion.

    Synonyms: throaty, rasping, gruff, harsh

  3. like, covered with, or full of husks.
  4. made in a size meant for the larger or heavier than average boy:

    size 18 husky pants.

  5. for, pertaining to, or wearing clothing in this size:

    the husky department; husky boys.



noun

, plural husk·ies.
  1. a size of garments meant for the larger or heavier than average boy.
  2. Informal. a big, strong person.

husky

2

[ huhs-kee ]

noun

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

husky

1

/ ˈhʌskɪ /

noun

  1. a breed of Arctic sled dog with a thick dense coat, pricked ears, and a curled tail
  2. slang.
    1. a member of the Inuit people
    2. the Inuit language


husky

2

/ ˈhʌskɪ /

adjective

  1. (of a voice, an utterance, etc) slightly hoarse or rasping
  2. of, like, or containing husks
  3. informal.
    big, strong, and well-built

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhuskily, adverb
  • ˈhuskiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • huski·ly adverb
  • huski·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of husky1

First recorded in 1545–55 husky 1fordef 3, 1720-25 husky 1fordef 2, 1860–65 husky 1fordef 7, and 1890–95 husky 1fordef 1; husk + -y 1, -y 2

Origin of husky2

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of husky1

C19: probably based on Eskimo

Origin of husky2

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

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Example Sentences

In 2018, an eight-year-old Siberian husky named Loki became the first dog to ascend all 58 peaks.

The otters’ leak capacity varied from roughly two to seven times greater than that recorded for other mammals including Alaskan huskies, humans, horses, elephant seals, and rats.

Depending on the song, or the moment, Springsteen’s voice has the texture of rust on a tailpipe, or moss on the cool underside of a rock, or the husky warmth and mystery of how your dad or grandfather’s whiskers felt when you were little.

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Husky crows awake in the pine trees, and doves under the temple eaves.

Steel your heart against the seductive charms of these Husky belles!

We bade a hasty farewell to the Husky belles, and handed them into their barge.

I wonder what our Husky friends thought of this little bombardment!

Why, you don't doubt your ability to win the affections of a Husky belle, do you?

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