hus·​ky | \ ˈhə-skē How to pronounce husky (audio) \
huskier; huskiest

Definition of husky

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: hoarse with or as if with emotion

husky

noun (1)
hus·​ky | \ ˈhə-skē How to pronounce husky (audio) \
plural huskies

Definition of husky (Entry 2 of 5)

2 : a heavy-coated working dog of the New World arctic region
hus·​ky | \ ˈhə-skē How to pronounce husky (audio) \
huskier; huskiest

Definition of husky (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : burly, robust
2 : large

husky

noun (2)
hus·​ky | \ ˈhə-skē How to pronounce husky (audio) \
plural huskies

Definition of husky (Entry 4 of 5)

: one that is husky
\ ˈhə-skē How to pronounce husky (audio) \
huskier; huskiest

Definition of husky (Entry 5 of 5)

: resembling, containing, or full of husks

Other Words from husky

Adjective (1)

huskily \ ˈhə-​skə-​lē How to pronounce husky (audio) \ adverb
huskiness \ ˈhə-​skē-​nəs How to pronounce husky (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for husky

Synonyms: Adjective (1)

Synonyms: Adjective (2)

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First Known Use of husky

Adjective (1)

circa 1722, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective (2)

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1864, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (3)

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for husky

Adjective (1)

probably from husk huskiness, from obsolete husk to have a dry cough

Noun (1)

shortening of Huskemaw, Uskemaw Eskimo, from Cree aškime·w; akin to Montagnais (Algonquian language of eastern Canada) aiachkime8 Micmac, Eskimo — more at eskimo

Adjective (2)

probably from husk entry 1

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More Definitions for husky

husky

adjective
hus·​ky | \ ˈhəs-kē How to pronounce husky (audio) \
huskier; huskiest

Kids Definition of husky

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: hoarse sense 2 a husky voice

Other Words from husky

huskily \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb
huskiness \ -​kē-​nəs \ noun

husky

noun
plural huskies

Kids Definition of husky (Entry 2 of 3)

: a strong dog with a thick coat often used to pull sleds in arctic regions

husky

adjective
huskier; huskiest

Kids Definition of husky (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : strong sense 1, burly husky football players
2 : larger than average

Other Words from husky

huskiness noun

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