American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adj. of a voice hoarse and rough-sounding
- adj. of a person burly, thick; fat, overweight
- n. Any of several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Abounding with husks; consisting of husks.
- adj. Rough in tone; harsh; hoarse; raucous.
- adj. Colloq., U. S. Powerful; strong; burly.
- n. archaic An Eskimo.
- n. archaic 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.
- 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
- Shortening of husky dog, where husky is ultimately from the same Old Montagnais root as Eskimo. (Wiktionary)
- From husk.Perhaps from husk.Probably from shortening and alteration of Eskimo. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The first night we showed up we stayed over top of the "Husky Pub" (husky is short for Huskissen, the town).”
“Yeoh said she has always resisted voiceovers because of what she described as her "husky, deep voice," which she said was often confused for that of a man.”
“I am Mrs. Allan Fleming," she said, with a certain husky defiance.”
“Siberian Husky: No one wants to be called husky, but Sylvie won't mind.”
“Now and then he would recall the husky sound of a radio female, a song he must have loved, whose voice he could recollect in a tangle of mental mess.”
“We were just remembering when our husky was a puppy; how small and cute is was.”
“The suspect here described as a husky, African-American man, average height, age 25 to 35.”
“The suspect is described as a husky African-American man, average height, age 25 to 35.”
“His voice is extremely charming, though it has a distinct croak (that can hardly be called husky or hoarse) that is rather fascinating.”
“Cad fixed her brilliant black eyes on her partner, and her lovely face was ashen white and her voice trembled as she asked in what might be termed a husky voice:”
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