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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. toweling consisting of coarse absorbent cotton or linen fabric


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • 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

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


  • “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.


  • Parsons disappeared behind the partition for a moment and reappeared instantly, gripping a thin cylinder of rolled huckaback.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • She told me that she had been attending on '' er ladyship, 'and willingly led me to a bedroom and brought me thither the things I needed for my sluicing, among them a passable razor and a huckaback fit to fetch the hide off a horse.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • Each pupil should provide sufficient denim, percale, huckaback, or other washable material to cover the two sides of a holder 7 inches square, and enough outing or canton flannel for a double lining.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools

  • Their minds and persons were composed of that fibre which constitutes nature's veriest huckaback.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 285, December 1, 1827

  • Had she not her chest of linen ready for her humble house-keeping, with store of serviceable huckaback and piles of neatly folded kerchiefs, wherefrom this one that showed so white against her black face was taken, for that she knew her eyes would betray her in

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860


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  • Great excerpt!

    February 3, 2009

  • 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