Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A coarse absorbent cotton or linen fabric used especially for toweling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A coarse and very durable cloth of linen, or linen and cotton, woven with alternate elevations and depressions so as to have a rough face.
  • Made or consisting of huckaback: as, a huckaback towel.
  • Often shortened to huck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of linen cloth with raised figures, used for towelings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of coarse, absorbent cotton or linen fabric used for making towels.

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

  • noun toweling consisting of coarse absorbent cotton or linen fabric

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

Examples

  • A big pot of steaming cocido, huckaback towels wrapped around the pot handles.

    Their Dogs Came With Them

  • Briggs would be half-way through his window dressing, and Gosling, the apprentice, busy, with a chair turned down over the counter and his ears very red, trying to roll a piece of huckaback — only those who have rolled pieces of huckaback know quite how detestable huckaback is to roll — and the shop would be dusty and, perhaps, the governor about and snappy.

    The Wheels of Chance: a bicycling idyll

  • There were, in chief, a basin and a jug of water and a slop-pail of tin, and, further, a piece of yellow soap in a tray, a tooth-brush, a rat-tailed shaving brush, one huckaback towel, and one or two other minor articles.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • “Huck,” “huckaback,” “crash,” and other fabric terms used in this chapter are defined in the “Glossary of Fabric Terms” at the end of chapter 14.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Cotton towels, too, come in crash or huckaback weaves and various plain weaves, especially basket weaves.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Cotton towels, too, come in crash or huckaback weaves and various plain weaves, especially basket weaves.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • “Huck,” “huckaback,” “crash,” and other fabric terms used in this chapter are defined in the “Glossary of Fabric Terms” at the end of chapter 14.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Cotton towels, too, come in crash or huckaback weaves and various plain weaves, especially basket weaves.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • Cotton towels, too, come in crash or huckaback weaves and various plain weaves, especially basket weaves.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • “Huck,” “huckaback,” “crash,” and other fabric terms used in this chapter are defined in the “Glossary of Fabric Terms” at the end of chapter 14.

    HOME COMFORTS

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  • Parsons disappeared behind the partition for a moment and reappeared instantly, gripping a thin cylinder of rolled huckaback. With this he smote at Morrison's head.

    - H.G. Wells, The History of Mr. Polly (1890), II. ii.

    February 3, 2009

  • Great excerpt!

    February 3, 2009