Main definitions of husky in English

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husky1

adjective

  • 1(of a voice or utterance) sounding low-pitched and slightly hoarse.

    • ‘The women were all in sequins and diamonds and they smoked cigarettes and had raspy voices and husky laughs.’
    • ‘She speaks in a husky voice that clicks slightly from a dry mouth.’
    • ‘‘Thank you Veronica,’ a deep husky voice said from behind the chair.’
    • ‘His voice was husky and deep, definitely swooning material.’
    • ‘He was operated on and now talks with a deep, husky voice.’
    • ‘‘You go ahead,’ Rex said in an anxious, slightly husky voice.’
    • ‘She spoke clearly, but with a slightly drawn back, husky voice.’
    • ‘‘Your Grace,’ her slightly husky voice greeted him as she pulled herself up on her elbows.’
    • ‘‘Even if we weren't married, darling, I would request one room,’ a husky voice whispered in my ear.’
    • ‘‘You can stay,’ his voice was husky; a whisper, trying to regain a hold on his emotions.’
    • ‘‘Hey stranger,’ his voice was husky and I shivered slightly.’
    • ‘His deep husky voice sent a shiver down my spine.’
    • ‘His deep, husky voice sent a tingle down her spine, which she tried to ignore.’
    • ‘‘Oh God, you look so amazing,’ he whispered in a lustful husky voice.’
    • ‘I can still hear his husky voice whispering to me.’
    • ‘She craned her head slightly to the side as a husky voice, choked with emotion, whispered into her ear.’
    • ‘‘Just a little,’ he said, and his voice was slightly husky.’
    • ‘‘I think I'm getting a cold,’ she says in a deep husky voice.’
    • ‘She came into me with a sore throat and husky voice today and says she doesn't feel right.’
    • ‘Taking notice of her, I realized her voice was slightly husky, though still feminine.’
    throaty, gruff, deep, gravelly, hoarse, coarse, croaking, croaky, rough, rough-sounding, thick, guttural, harsh, rasping, raspy
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  • 2Strong; hefty.

    ‘Patrick looked a husky, strong guy’
    • ‘‘It would be more convincing that way,’ Nicholas agreed as the husky pup fell asleep in his strong arms.’
    • ‘The husky man looked irritated at being interrupted.’
    • ‘The room next to ours has a couple where the guy can't get around very well, a little too husky.’
    • ‘After a moment, a husky man in an expensive looking suit answered.’
    • ‘He was a few inches shorter than me and he's husky.’
    • ‘Before him stood a rather husky woman with bright red hair.’
    • ‘This is why husky men over 6 feet tall should avoid yoga.’
    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 built
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  • 3Like or consisting of a husk or husks.

Pronunciation

husky

/ˈhəskē//ˈhəski/

Main definitions of husky in English

: husky1husky2

husky2

(also huskie)

noun

  • A powerful dog of a breed with a thick double coat that is typically gray, used in the Arctic for pulling sleds.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

husky

/ˈhəskē//ˈhəski/