• WordNet 3.6
    • n huckaback toweling consisting of coarse absorbent cotton or linen fabric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Huckaback A kind of linen cloth with raised figures, used for towelings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n huckaback A coarse and very durable cloth of linen, or linen and cotton, woven with alternate elevations and depressions so as to have a rough face. It is used especially for towels, and is made in separate towels or in lengths which may be cut at will.
    • huckaback Made or consisting of huckaback: as, a huckaback towel.
    • huckaback Often shortened to huck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Huckaback huk′a-bak a coarse variety of linen for towels, &c., having raised figures on it.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. orig., peddler's wares; cf. LG. hukkebak, pickback. Cf. Huckster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat suggests as the original meaning 'pedlar's ware,' Low Ger. hukkebak; cf. hawker.


In literature:

What, Mr. Reuben Huckaback!
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
My uncle, Ben Huckaback, was robbed by the Doones on his way to our farm, and he was mighty vexed with their doings.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
You are huckaback on the other side of the Channel, and you wear out the poor Irish linen, let the justice of the case be what it may.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
A very soft sponge and very fine towel take the place of your terrible huckaback arrangement.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Under one of the windows was a small table covered with a threadbare huckaback towel.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Have you ever felt huckaback soften'd with sand?
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
What, Mr. Reuben Huckaback!
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
They are generally made of huckaback of moderate fineness; but some ladies prefer making them of a coarser kind of damask.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
This was a lie, and Huckaback knew that it was.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren