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Using or managing with frugality.


Destitute of a husband. Shak.


Frugal; thrifty. [Little used.] Tusser.


  1. A farmer; a cultivator or tiller of the ground; one who labors in tillage. In America, where men generally own the land on which they labor, the proprietor of a farm is also a laborer or husbandman; but the word includes the lessee and the owner.
  2. The master of a family. [Not in use in America.] Chaucer.


  1. The business of a farmer, comprehending agriculture or tillage of the ground, the raising, managing and fattening of cattle and other domestic animals, the management of the dairy and whatever the land produces.
  2. Frugality; domestic economy; good management; thrift. But in this sense we generally prefix good; as good husbandry. Swift.
  3. Care of domestic affairs. Shak.

HUSH, a. [G. husch; Dan. hys, hyst. In W. hêz is peace; hêzu, to make peace; cws is rest, sleep; and hust is a low, buzzing sound; Heb. חשה, to be silent. Class Gs, No. 46.]

Silent; still; quiet; as, they are hush as death. This adjective never precedes the noun which it qualifies, except in the compound, hushmoney.

HUSH, v.

Imperative of the verb, used as an exclamation, – be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise. To hush up, to suppress; to keep concealed. This matter is hushed up. Pope.

HUSH, v.i.

To be still; to be silent. Spenser.

HUSH, v.t.

  1. To still; to silence; to calm; to make quiet; to repress noise; as, to hush the noisy crowd; the winds were hushed. My tongue shall hush again this storm of war. Shak.
  2. To appease; to allay; to calm, as commotion or agitation. Wilt thou then / Hush my cares? Otway.

HUSH'ED, pp.

Stilled; silenced; calmed.

HUSH'ING, ppr.

Silencing; calming.


A bribe to secure silence; money paid to hinder information, or disclosure of facts. Swift.

HUSK, n. [Qu. W. gwisg, Corn. quesk, a cover; or It. guscio, bark or shell; Sp. and Port. casca, husks of grapes, bark. It signifies probably a cover or a peel.]

The external covering of certain fruits or seeds of plants. It is the calyx of the flower or glume of corn and grasses, formed of valves embracing the seed. The husks of the small grains, when separated, are called chaff; but in America we apply the word chiefly to the covering of the ears or seeds of maiz, which is never denominated chaff. It is sometimes used in England for the rind, skin or hull of seeds.

HUSK, v.t.

To strip off the external integument or covering of the fruits or seeds of plants; as, to husk maiz.

HUSK'ED, pp.

  1. Stripped of its husks.
  2. adj. Covered with a husk.

HUSK'I-LY, adv.

Dryly; roughly.


The state of being dry and rough, like a husk.


The act of stripping off husks. In New England, the practice of farmers is to invite their neighbors to assist them in stripping their maiz, in autumnal evenings, and this is called a husking.

HUSK'ING, ppr.

Stripping off husks.

HUSK'Y, a.

  1. Abounding with husks; consisting of husks. Dryden.
  2. Resembling husks; dry; rough.
  3. Rough, as sound; harsh; whizzing.

HU'SO, n.

A chondropterygious fish with free branchiæ, belonging to the genus Acipenser. It is frequently found to exceed twelve and fifteen feet in length, and to weigh more than twelve hundred pounds. The finest isinglass is made from its natatory bladder. It inhabits the Danube and the rivers of Russia. The Sturgeon belongs to the same genus.

HUS'SAR, n. [s as z. Tartar, uswar, cavalry; Sans. uswu, a horse. Thomson.]

A mounted soldier or horseman, in German cavalry. The hussars are the national cavalry of Hungary and Croatia. Their regimentals are a fur cap adorned with a feather, a doublet, a pair of breeches to which the stockings are fastened, and a pair of red or yellow boots. Their arms are a saber, a carbine and pistols. Hussars now form a part of the French and English cavalry. Encyc.


A follower of John Huss, the Bohemian reformer.

HUSS'Y, n. [contracted from huswife, housewife.]

  1. A bad or worthless woman. It is used also ludicrously in slight disapprobation or contempt. Go, hussy, go.
  2. An economist; a thrifty woman. Tusser.

HUS'TINGS, n. [Sax. hustinge; supposed to be composed of hus, house, and thing, cause, suit; the house of trials.]

  1. A court held in Guildhall, in London, before the lord mayor and aldermen of the city; the supreme court or council of the city. In this court are elected the aldermen and the four members of parliament.
  2. The place where an election of a member of parliament is held. Burke.