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[huhs-kee] /ˈhʌs ki/

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 .
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.
adjective huskier, huskiest
(of a voice, an utterance, etc) slightly hoarse or rasping
of, like, or containing husks
(informal) big, strong, and well-built
noun (pl) huskies
a breed of Arctic sled dog with a thick dense coat, pricked ears, and a curled tail
(Canadian, slang)


“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.

“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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