One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a voice or utterance) sounding low-pitched and slightly hoarse.
throaty, gruff, deep, gravelly, hoarse, coarse, croaking, croaky, rough, rough-sounding, thick, guttural, harsh, rasping, raspyView synonyms
- ‘She came into me with a sore throat and husky voice today and says she doesn't feel right.’
- ‘I can still hear his husky voice whispering to me.’
- ‘Taking notice of her, I realized her voice was slightly husky, though still feminine.’
- ‘‘Your Grace,’ her slightly husky voice greeted him as she pulled herself up on her elbows.’
- ‘She spoke clearly, but with a slightly drawn back, husky voice.’
- ‘He was operated on and now talks with a deep, husky voice.’
- ‘‘Oh God, you look so amazing,’ he whispered in a lustful husky voice.’
- ‘‘I think I'm getting a cold,’ she says in a deep husky voice.’
- ‘She speaks in a husky voice that clicks slightly from a dry mouth.’
- ‘His deep husky voice sent a shiver down my spine.’
- ‘She craned her head slightly to the side as a husky voice, choked with emotion, whispered into her ear.’
- ‘His voice was husky and deep, definitely swooning material.’
- ‘‘Hey stranger,’ his voice was husky and I shivered slightly.’
- ‘The women were all in sequins and diamonds and they smoked cigarettes and had raspy voices and husky laughs.’
- ‘‘Thank you Veronica,’ a deep husky voice said from behind the chair.’
- ‘‘You go ahead,’ Rex said in an anxious, slightly husky voice.’
- ‘‘Even if we weren't married, darling, I would request one room,’ a husky voice whispered in my ear.’
- ‘‘Just a little,’ he said, and his voice was slightly husky.’
- ‘‘You can stay,’ his voice was husky; a whisper, trying to regain a hold on his emotions.’
- ‘His deep, husky voice sent a tingle down her spine, which she tried to ignore.’
2Strong; hefty.‘Patrick looked a husky, strong guy’
strong, muscular, muscly, muscle-bound, brawny, hefty, burly, chunky, strapping, thickset, solid, powerful, heavy, robust, rugged, sturdy, herculean, big and strong, broad-shouldered, well built, powerfully built, solidly builtView synonyms
- ‘Before him stood a rather husky woman with bright red hair.’
- ‘This is why husky men over 6 feet tall should avoid yoga.’
- ‘‘It would be more convincing that way,’ Nicholas agreed as the husky pup fell asleep in his strong arms.’
- ‘He was a few inches shorter than me and he's husky.’
- ‘The room next to ours has a couple where the guy can't get around very well, a little too husky.’
- ‘The husky man looked irritated at being interrupted.’
- ‘After a moment, a husky man in an expensive looking suit answered.’
3Like or consisting of a husk or husks.
A powerful dog of a breed with a thick double coat that is typically gray, used in the Arctic for pulling sleds.
- ‘Similarly, a trip to where the huskies are bred and trained to pull sleighs takes you right to the heart of what the traditional lifestyle is like.’
- ‘It is being marketed particularly to owners of the most naturally active breeds such as greyhounds and huskies, which can be worst affected by inactivity.’
- ‘He'd been working and breeding Alaskan huskies for five years.’
- ‘Every day, I spot sleds lying around, often right next to huskies meant to pull them.’
- ‘When we got there we were taken by coach and the children were given rides on sleighs pulled by huskies and were given a chance to ride on jet skis.’
Mid 19th century (originally denoting the Eskimo language or an Eskimo): abbreviation of obsolete Ehuskemay or Newfoundland dialect Huskemaw ‘Eskimo’, probably from Montagnais (see Eskimo). The term replaced the 18th-century term Eskimo dog.
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