Definition of cornhusking in English:



  • 1The removal of husks from ears of corn.

    ‘He had his cornhusking to do, and he wanted to get all the fall jobs finished before cold weather.’
    • ‘The conception of cornhusking as a sport rather than a chore sprang from the fertile brain of Henry Agard Wallace.’
    • ‘Winter is coming, and Charlotte's days are filled with cornhusking and candle dipping and helping Mama mind baby Mary.’
    • ‘Broadcasts of games are picked up in almost every store and gas station from Omaha to the western border; farmers sometimes neglect their cornhusking in the afternoon to hear the game over the radio.’
    • ‘I have been thinking of home very much today; wondering if you were all well and whether you have finished cornhusking.’
    1. 1.1The husking of corn by several people as a social event.
      Also called husking bee
      ‘Its large rooms were fashioned not just to accommodate weddings, funerals, prayer meetings, cornhuskings, and the like, but to provide shelter during storms and Indian attacks.’
      • ‘During the 1780s, community cornhuskings, barn raisings, logrollings, and quilting bees symbolized the overall cooperation among rural New Englanders.’
      • ‘They must hurry to complete their chores early, as by late afternoon they will journey three miles by foot to attend a cornhusking and dance in their neighbors’ new barn.’
      • ‘Previous to this affair my father, from all I can learn, had been a good-humored and light-hearted man, the ringleader in all fun at cornhuskings and Christmas buffoonery.’
      • ‘It is nearly impossible to specify a rigid format for string bands prior to the onset of the recording industry, perhaps because ‘bands’ were usually informal groups thrown together to play for dances, cornhuskings, auctions, etc.’



/ˈkôrnˌhəskiNG/ /ˈkɔrnˌhəskɪŋ/