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 spoke clearly, but with a slightly drawn back, husky voice.’
- ‘His deep husky voice sent a shiver down my spine.’
- ‘‘Thank you Veronica,’ a deep husky voice said from behind the chair.’
- ‘‘Your Grace,’ her slightly husky voice greeted him as she pulled herself up on her elbows.’
- ‘‘Just a little,’ he said, and his voice was slightly husky.’
- ‘Taking notice of her, I realized her voice was slightly husky, though still feminine.’
- ‘She speaks in a husky voice that clicks slightly from a dry mouth.’
- ‘‘Hey stranger,’ his voice was husky and I shivered slightly.’
- ‘She came into me with a sore throat and husky voice today and says she doesn't feel right.’
- ‘His voice was husky and deep, definitely swooning material.’
- ‘‘You go ahead,’ Rex said in an anxious, slightly husky voice.’
- ‘She craned her head slightly to the side as a husky voice, choked with emotion, whispered into her ear.’
- ‘‘You can stay,’ his voice was husky; a whisper, trying to regain a hold on his emotions.’
- ‘He was operated on and now talks with a deep, husky voice.’
- ‘His deep, husky voice sent a tingle down her spine, which she tried to ignore.’
- ‘‘Even if we weren't married, darling, I would request one room,’ a husky voice whispered in my ear.’
- ‘I can still hear his husky voice whispering to me.’
- ‘‘I think I'm getting a cold,’ she says in a deep husky voice.’
- ‘The women were all in sequins and diamonds and they smoked cigarettes and had raspy voices and husky laughs.’
- ‘‘Oh God, you look so amazing,’ he whispered in a lustful husky voice.’
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
- ‘The husky man looked irritated at being interrupted.’
- ‘He was a few inches shorter than me and he's husky.’
- ‘Before him stood a rather husky woman with bright red hair.’
- ‘After a moment, a husky man in an expensive looking suit answered.’
- ‘This is why husky men over 6 feet tall should avoid yoga.’
- ‘The room next to ours has a couple where the guy can't get around very well, a little too husky.’
- ‘‘It would be more convincing that way,’ Nicholas agreed as the husky pup fell asleep in his strong arms.’
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century (originally denoting the Eskimo language or an Inuit): 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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