If your voice is low and gruff, it's husky. A deep, gravelly voice is husky, and you're husky if you have a large, muscled, heavy body. You might even be a husky person with a husky voice.

When husky is a noun, it's a northern breed of dog that's bred to pull a sled. Your Alaskan Husky could have a husky bark, and your voice might be the result of a bad cold, or it just might be the normal way you speak. The husky that describes a voice comes from husk, in the sense of "dry as a husk." The husky dog's root is from 1850s Canadian English, hoskey, "Eskimo," or "Eskimo dog."

Definitions of husky
  1. adjective
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
    “"makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson”
    synonyms: gruff, hoarse
    cacophonic, cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
  2. adjective
    muscular and heavily built
    “clothing sizes for husky boys”
    synonyms: beefy, buirdly, burly, strapping
    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
  3. noun
    breed of heavy-coated Arctic sled dog
    synonyms: Eskimo dog
    see moresee less
    type of:
    working dog
    any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week