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husky1

[huhs-kee] /ˈhʌs ki/
adjective, huskier, huskiest.
1.
big and strong; burly.
2.
(of the voice) having a semiwhispered vocal tone; somewhat hoarse, as when speaking with a cold or from grief or passion.
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 huskies.
6.
a size of garments meant for the larger or heavier than average boy.
Origin of husky1
1545-1555
1545-55; husk + -y1
Related forms
huskily, adverb
huskiness, noun
Synonyms
1. robust, brawny, strapping. 2. harsh, gruff, rasping, throaty.

husky2

[huhs-kee] /ˈhʌs ki/
noun, plural huskies. Informal.
1.
a big, strong person.
Origin
1865-70; noun use of husky1, with the suffix taken as -y2

husky3

[huhs-kee] /ˈhʌs ki/
noun, plural huskies. (sometimes initial capital letter)
3.
Canadian Slang.
  1. an Inuit.
  2. the language of the Inuit.
Origin
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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Examples from the Web for husky
Historical Examples
  • Why, you don't doubt your ability to win the affections of a husky belle, do you?

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Steel your heart against the seductive charms of these husky belles!

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • But not until evening did he casually suggest to the husky that he had more dogs than he could feed through the summer.

    The Whelps of the Wolf George Marsh
  • husky's hands holding the cards shook, and his face changed colour.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • We bade a hasty farewell to the husky belles, and handed them into their barge.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • "Maybe it was a beast or a bird—some kind of an owl," suggested husky shakily.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Now have husky there run me in a line with ship's power and I'll get this stuff set up.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Black Shand became as pale as paper, while husky's face turned purple.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • So far as we could find out, the husky's connection with cribbage ceased with his making these edition de luxe boards.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Shand was at his left hand; husky faced him; Jack was at his right.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for husky

husky1

/ˈhʌskɪ/
adjective 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
Derived Forms
huskily, adverb
huskiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably from husk, from the toughness of a corn husk

husky2

/ˈhʌskɪ/
noun (pl) huskies
1.
a breed of Arctic sled dog with a thick dense coat, pricked ears, and a curled tail
2.
(Canadian, slang)
  1. a member of the Inuit people
  2. the Inuit language
Word Origin
C19: probably based on Eskimo
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Word Origin and History for husky
adj.

"hoarse," c.1722 in reference to a cattle disease (of persons, 1740), from husk on the notion of "dry as a husk." Earlier (1550s) "having husks." Sense of "tough and strong" (like corn husks) is first found 1869, American English. Related: Huskily; huskiness.

n.

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

The moment any vessel is noticed steering for these islands [Whalefish Islands], the Esquimaux, or "Huskies,"* as the Danes customarily term them, come off in sufficient numbers to satisfy you that you are near the haunts of uncivilized men, and will afford sufficient information to guide any stranger to his anchorage. *"Husky" is their own term. I recollect the chorus to a song at Kamtchatka was "Husky, Husky." ["Last of the Arctic Voyages," London, 1855]

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