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husky adj
1 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] n : breed of heavy-coated Arctic sled dog [syn: Eskimo dog] [also: huskiest, huskier]

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  1. In the context of "of a voice": hoarse and rough-sounding
  2. In the context of "of a person": burly, thick; fat, overweight


hoarse and rough-sounding
burly, thick; fat, overweight
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  1. Any of several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs


Extensive Definition

Husky is a general term for several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs. Because of their strength and stamina, the name "Husky" is popular for products and for sports mascots.


  • The Husky Energy company
  • The Husky Group Ltd, a manufacturer of refrigeration products primarily in retail applications (i.e. Display fridges) but are now also established in the home market. One of their top products is the "Kule Kube" personal drinks fridge.
  • Nickname for the Husqvarna company, manufacturer of power and hand tools, gasoline powered equipment, and motorcycles.
  • Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd
  • Husky chewing tobacco company
  • Husky (toy company), a brand name used by Corgi Cars




  • Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington
  • The Toronto Huskies, a defunct National Basketball Association team
  • Ferlin Husky, a country-western singer
  • Huskies was a variety of bran cereal offered by Post Cereals in the 1940s
  • Husky, a project to develop a complete free suite of portable Fidonet applications
  • Husky (computer), a British rugged handheld computer manufactured in the early 1980s
husky in Welsh: Hysgi
husky in Dutch: Husky
husky in Japanese: ハスキー
husky in Polish: Husky
husky in Portuguese: Husky
husky in Chinese: 哈士奇

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Herculean, Siberian husky, ass, beast of burden, beefy, big, bouncing, brassy, brawny, brazen, bull, burly, camel, choked, coarse, cracked, croaking, croaky, doughty, draft animal, dromedary, dry, elephant, fat, forceful, forcible, forcy, full-blooded, full-strength, gigantic, great, gruff, gutsy, guttural, gutty, hale, hard, hard as nails, hardy, harsh, harsh-sounding, hearty, hefty, hoarse, horse, iron-hard, llama, lusty, malamute, metallic, mighty, mule, muscular, nervy, obstinate, ox, pack horse, potent, powerful, puissant, ragged, rasping, raucid, raucous, red-blooded, reindeer, robust, robustious, rough, roupy, rude, rugged, sledge dog, squawking, squawky, stalwart, steely, stertorous, stout, strangled, strapping, strong, strong as brandy, strong as strong, strong-willed, sturdy, sumpter, sumpter horse, sumpter mule, thick, thickset, throaty, tinny, tough, vigorous, well-built
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