adjective (huskier, huskiest)
- She speaks in a husky voice that clicks slightly from a dry mouth.
- ‘You go ahead,’ Rex said in an anxious, slightly husky voice.
- The women were all in sequins and diamonds and they smoked cigarettes and had raspy voices and husky laughs.
- ‘It would be more convincing that way,’ Nicholas agreed as the husky pup fell asleep in his strong arms.
- The room next to ours has a couple where the guy can't get around very well, a little too husky.
- Example sentences
- ‘I don't think I can watch this,’ he muttered huskily.
- ‘I was just about to mention it,’ he said huskily.
- ‘Hello boss,’ a voice whispered huskily into her ear.
- Example sentences
- ‘I was hoping it was you,’ she whispered with a huskiness Jesse recognised instantly.
- There was something familiar in the huskiness of his tone that she couldn't quite place.
- Her voice was quick and anxious, not her usual slight huskiness.
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noun (plural huskies)
- 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.
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.
Husky for a hoarse-sounding person (one with a husky voice) and the term husky for an Arctic dog are unconnected. The first comes from husk (Middle English) meaning ‘the dry outer covering of a fruit or seed’, a medieval word from Dutch hūskjin ‘little house’—the husk was pictured as the ‘house’ of the seed it contained. The name of the powerful dog used for pulling sledges probably comes from a Native American language, and came from Newfoundland dialect Huskemaw a form of Eskimo, first used in English in around 1830. Our use is from the shortening of husky dog or ‘Eskimo dog’.
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