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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a husky voice (=low and slightly rough but in an attractive way)
▪ She spoke in a husky voice, as though her throat was sore.
▪ Maybe if I got her outfit I'd get her husky voice to match?
▪ He has the assertive, husky voice and the confident, forthright manner of an athlete.
▪ But suddenly the singer's raw, husky voice seemed to touch her soul.
▪ With red eyes and husky voice, he sat weeping gently in an armchair in the study.
▪ He is a tall, stocky chap with a husky voice.
▪ Caron Wheeler's rich, husky vocal is perfect for the song's mellow soulfulness.
▪ His voice dropped to a husky whisper.
▪ She heard a husky voice call her name.
▪ Stephen put his arms around her and his voice became a soft husky whisper.
▪ Despite the heavy consumption of intoxicants, no one's voice ever rose above a husky whisper.
▪ Has the husky engine of real estate that Cotton watched drive the county out of multiple recessions run out of gas?
▪ He has the assertive, husky voice and the confident, forthright manner of an athlete.
▪ It shows some wear these days, a shade huskier, a few notes short, even an occasional crack or two.
▪ She was sure her gown would clash with the costumes of the chorus; she was getting a little husky.
▪ The boy presented with shortness of breath and husky cough.
▪ The words came on a husky out-breath.
deep-voiced/squeaky-voiced/husky-voiced etc
▪ And you know with huskies, if one of them drops dead, the rest of them eat him.
▪ Musher wannabes can drive their own team of Siberian huskies.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Husky \Husk"y\, a. [From Husk, n.] Abounding with husks; consisting of husks.


Husky \Hus"ky\,

  1. [Pro

  2. for husty; cf. OE. host cough, AS. hw[=o]sta; akin to D. hoest, G. husten, OHG. huosto, Icel. h[=o]sti. See Wheeze.] Rough in tone; harsh; hoarse; raucous; as, a husky voice.


Husky \Hus"ky\, a. Powerful; strong; burly. [Colloq., U. S.]

A good, husky man to pitch in the barnyard.
--Hamlin Garland.


Husky \Hus"ky\, n.; pl. -kies. [Cf. Eskimo.]

  1. An Eskimo. [archaic]

  2. The Eskimo language. [archaic]

  3. an Eskimo dog, especially a breed of strong heavy-coated dogs used to pull dogsleds in the Northern regions of North America.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"hoarse," c.1722 in reference to a cattle disease (of persons, 1740), from husk on the notion of "dry as a husk." Earlier (1550s) "having husks." Sense of "tough and strong" (like corn husks) is first found 1869, American English. Related: Huskily; huskiness.


"Eskimo dog," 1852, Canadian English, earlier (1830) hoskey "an Eskimo," probably shortened variant of Ehuskemay (1743), itself a variant of Eskimo.\n\nThe moment any vessel is noticed steering for these islands [Whalefish Islands], the Esquimaux, or "Huskies,"* as the Danes customarily term them, come off in sufficient numbers to satisfy you that you are near the haunts of uncivilized men, and will afford sufficient information to guide any stranger to his anchorage. *"Husky" is their own term. I recollect the chorus to a song at Kamtchatka was "Husky, Husky."

["Last of the Arctic Voyages," London, 1855]


Etymology 1 a. 1 (context of a voice English) hoarse and rough-sounding 2 (context US English) burly, stout 3 Abounding with husks; consisting of husks. Etymology 2

n. Any of several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs.

  1. adj. muscular and heavily built; "a beefy wrestler"; "had a tall burly frame"; "clothing sizes for husky boys"; "a strapping boy of eighteen"; "`buirdly' is a Scottish term" [syn: beefy, burly, strapping, buirdly]

  2. deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion; "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking"; "hoarse cries"; "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson [syn: gruff, hoarse]

  3. n. breed of heavy-coated Arctic sled dog [syn: Eskimo dog]

  4. [also: huskiest, huskier]


Husky is a general name for a sled- type of dog used in northern regions, differentiated from other sled-dog types by their fast pulling style. They are an ever-changing cross-breed of the fastest dogs. The Alaskan Malamute, by contrast, is "the largest and most powerful" sled dog, and was used for heavier loads. Huskies are used in sled dog racing. In recent years, companies have been marketing tourist treks with dog sledges for adventure travelers in snow regions as well. Huskies are also today kept as pets, and groups work to find new pet homes for retired racing and adventure trekking dogs.

Husky (album)

Husky is a studio album by Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet released 2006. It was recorded at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, California March 2004. Much of the recording is first takes. Skerik talks about recording the album:

"For me, Husky is that rare combination of everything lining up perfectly at the right time. You're lucky if you get one of these in a lifetime. The band had been on the road touring, so we knew the music inside out. We had a day off in Los Angeles, so we went into The Sound Factory, which is a one-of-a-kind studio out there and cut the entire record that day."

The album received favorable reviews.

Husky (disambiguation)

Husky is a general term for several breeds of dog used as sled dogs.

Husky or huskie may also refer to:

Husky (computer)

The DVW Husky is a handheld British rugged computer issued in 1981 by DVW Electronics.

The Husky was designed to be used in harsh conditions, such as wet and cold weather, by users such as the military. It is waterproof and can be dropped from a considerable height onto a hard surface without sustaining damage.

The computer is handheld, with a membrane keyboard similar to that of the ZX81, and a 32x4 alphanumeric LCD. The Husky's CPU is compatible with the Z80, and the computer has built-in Basic, 32K non-volatile RAM, and 16K ROM. It was initially manufactured in response to a request from Severn Trent and was later used by the Ministry of Defence in the Rapier Missile project.

It was superseded by the Husky Hunter in 1983. The Hunter has a chiclet keyboard, 40x8 display, 48K ROM, and up to 208K RAM. Several Husky variants existed for specific applications.

Husky (tools)

Husky is a line of hand tools, pneumatic tools, and tool storage products. Though founded in 1924, it is now best known as the house brand of The Home Depot, where it is exclusively sold. Its hand tools are manufactured for Home Depot by Stanley Black & Decker, Western Forge, Apex Tool Group, and Iron Bridge Tools. Its slogan is "The toughest name in tools." Home Depot also carries a higher-end line of tools marked Husky Pro. Husky is proudly made in Rochester, New York.

Husky hand tools were formerly manufactured exclusively in the United States but are now largely made in China and Taiwan. All Husky hand tools have a lifetime warranty. In the past, Home Depot had a program offering consumers an exchange of their broken Sears Craftsman or other brand of hand tool for a comparable Husky tool at no charge. This program has since been discontinued.

Husky (band)

Husky is an indie folk band from Melbourne, Australia.

Husky won the Triple J Unearthed contest to play the Push Over Festival. They have opened for bands such as Devendra Banhart, Gotye, Noah and the Whale, The Shins, City & Colour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

In 2011, they became the first Australian band to be signed to Sub Pop records. Husky Gawenda appeared on RocKwiz on 14 July 2012.

On March 25, 2013, Husky Gawenda won the bi-annual APRA award

Usage examples of "husky".

The voice sounded husky, like the imagined voice of her prince, and Amelle shook her head to clear it.

The voice was husky and low-pitched, even and monotonous, the voice of a deaf woman or one drugged by the smoke of the bhang pipe.

This Mica Indevar was a stoop-shouldered cessant whose round face and smooth, hairless head gave little hint of his age, though his husky voice led me to suspect he was pushing ninety years.

Husky voice, too much makeup, bit tarty, skirt too tight, and fishnets was pushing it a bit, but fanciable enough if you fancied them like that.

Young Dake Lorin who had been his assistant, his husky right arm during the long year of cautious dickering.

Sultry, her voice low and husky, her body hot and wild as she raked her nails down his chest, watching him through half closed eyes.

Did ye ever see one go wrong with a sensible name like Cassiar, Siwash, or Husky?

Husky pup, Smoot, rolled over on her back in the back seat of the Jeep and started snoring, deep in contented sleep.

There was a sweatered husky on watch, a stocky fellow whose sneery eyes frequently looked toward Harry.

How many tramps have you met along the road who could get a job driving four horses for the Carmel Livery Stabler And some of them were as husky as you when they were young.

He glanced sideways and saw a tall, husky teener in a strange costume standing beside him holding a heavy bat.

Miss Hannah, in come this nigra from the Watson Place, dark husky feller in torn coveralls, pretty good appearance for a nigra.

Where before he had scoured the countryside seeking a figure, or face, a husky arm or elongated sunburnt throat for a statue or painting, now he searched for stonemasons, quarriers from Maiano and Prato, carpenters, brickmakers, mechanics, to stem a war.

His husky comment struck a painful chord in her memory, sharply recalling all the times Repp had refused her.

His voice was husky, teasing, warm against her cheek as he brushed a kiss across her jaw.