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


2 [huhs-kee]
noun, plural huskies. Informal.
a big, strong person.

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


3 [huhs-kee]
noun, plural huskies. (sometimes initial capital letter)
Canadian Slang.
an Inuit.
the language of the Inuit.

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 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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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Example sentences
He pulls his husky frame out of the car and lifts the wagon's hatch.
She's a husky so if the food had fish it made sense.
If the husky tries to sniff my dog, my dog bares his teeth and stiffs his back fur.
Dark, husky aromas swirl through the palace as incense made specially of local
  spices finds its way into the thick tropical air.
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