1 [huhs-kee]
adjective, huskier, huskiest.
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 huskies.
a size of garments meant for the larger or heavier than average boy.

1545–55; husk + -y1

huskily, adverb
huskiness, noun

1. robust, brawny, strapping. 2. harsh, gruff, rasping, throaty. Unabridged
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husky1 (ˈhʌskɪ)
adj , huskier, huskiest
1.  (of a voice, an utterance, etc) slightly hoarse or rasping
2.  of, like, or containing husks
3.  informal big, strong, and well-built
[C19: probably from husk, from the toughness of a corn husk]

husky2 (ˈhʌskɪ)
n , pl huskies
1.  a breed of Arctic sled dog with a thick dense coat, pricked ears, and a curled tail
2.  slang (Canadian)
 a.  a member of the Inuit people
 b.  the Inuit language
[C19: probably based on Eskimo]

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Word Origin & History

"hoarse," c.1722 in reference to a cattle disease (of persons, 1740), from the notion of "dry as a husk;" sense of "tough and strong," is first found 1869 Amer.Eng., on analogy of corn husks.

"Eskimo dog," 1852, Canadian Eng., earlier (1830) hoskey "an Eskimo," shortened variant of Ehuskemay (1743), itself a variant of Eskimo.
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