from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

  • adjective of a voice hoarse and rough-sounding
  • adjective of a person burly, thick; fat, overweight
  • noun Any of several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the sense "dry as a husk" or "tough as a husk".

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Shortening of husky dog, where husky is ultimately from the same Old Montagnais root as Eskimo.



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

    February 9, 2007

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

    February 9, 2007