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Etymology 1[edit]

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


husky (comparative huskier, superlative huskiest)

  1. (of a voice) hoarse and rough-sounding
  2. (US) burly, stout
    • Hamlin Garland
      You look like a good, husky man to pitch in the barnyard []
    • 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.


Two Alaskan huskies in harness

husky (plural huskies)

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