husky

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husk +‎ -y; in relation to voice, from the sense "dry as a husk" or "tough as a husk".

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husky (comparative huskier, superlative huskiest)

  1. (of a voice) hoarse and rough-sounding
  2. burly, thick; fat, overweight
    • 1965, Popular Mechanics, September issue, page 22
      Word got around quickly that this plane, which has been flying since January, is bigger and huskier than our proposed C-5A []
  3. Abounding with husks; consisting of husks.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

Two Alaskan huskies in harness

husky (plural huskies)

  1. Any of several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs
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