from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hoarse or rough in quality: a voice husky with emotion.
  • adj. Resembling a husk.
  • adj. Containing husks.
  • adj. Strongly built; burly.
  • adj. Heavily built: clothing sizes for husky boys.
  • n. A husky person.
  • n. A dog of a breed developed in Siberia for pulling sleds and having a dense, variously colored coat. Also called Siberian husky.
  • n. A similar dog of Arctic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. hoarse and rough-sounding
  • adj. burly, thick; fat, overweight
  • n. Any of several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding with husks; consisting of husks.
  • adj. Rough in tone; harsh; hoarse; raucous.
  • adj. Powerful; strong; burly.
  • n. An Eskimo.
  • n. The Eskimo language.
  • n. an Eskimo dog, especially a breed of strong heavy-coated dogs used to pull dogsleds in the Northern regions of North America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding with, consisting of, or resembling husks; hence, poor, unprofitable, etc.
  • Dry in the throat; hoarse; harsh; sounding roughly: said of the voice or utterance.
  • n. A kind of dog used in drawing sleds in the Hudson's Bay territory.
  • n. Rough and big; rough and energetic; burly: as; a husky fellow.
  • n. A ‘husky’ fellow; an energetic man; a hustler.
  • n. An Eskimo.
  • n. The Eskimo language.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. breed of heavy-coated Arctic sled dog
  • adj. deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
  • adj. muscular and heavily built


From husk.
Perhaps from husk.
Probably from shortening and alteration of Eskimo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the sense "dry as a husk" or "tough as a husk". (Wiktionary)
Shortening of husky dog, where husky is ultimately from the same Old Montagnais root as Eskimo. (Wiktionary)


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  • Or fluffy dogs. Or voices of people in bodice-rippers. An all-round swell egg, is husky.

    February 9, 2007

  • I like it when it refers to 'larger' boy sizes

    February 9, 2007