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whis·keyalso whis·ky (wĭs′kē, hwĭs′-)
n. pl. whis·keys also whis·kies
1. An alcoholic liquor distilled from grain, such as corn, rye, or barley, and containing approximately 40 to 50 percent ethyl alcohol by volume.
2. A drink of such liquor.
[Shortening and alteration of usquebaugh.]
Word History: The words water, whiskey, and vodka flow from a common source, the Indo-European root *wed-, "water, wet." This root could appear in several guises, as *wed-, *wod-, or *ud-. Water is a native English word that goes back by way of prehistoric Common Germanic *watar to the Indo-European suffixed form *wod-ōr, with an o. Whiskey is a shortened form of usquebaugh, which English borrowed from Irish Gaelic uisce beatha and Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha. This compound descends from Old Irish uisce, "water," and bethad, "of life," meaning literally "water of life." (It thus meant the same thing as the name of another drink, aquavit, which comes from Latin aqua vītae, "water of life.") Uisce comes from the Indo-European suffixed form *ud-skio-. Finally, the name of another alcoholic drink, vodka, comes into English from Russian, where it means literally "little water," as it is a diminutive of voda, "water"—a euphemism if ever there was one. Voda comes from the same Indo-European form as English water, but has a different suffix: *wod-ā.
(Brewing) the usual Irish and US spelling of whisky
(Telecommunications) communications a code word for the letter w
or whis•ky(ˈʰwɪs ki, ˈwɪs-)
n., pl. -keys or -kies.
1. an alcoholic liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grain, as barley, rye, or corn.
2. a drink of whiskey.
[1705–15; short for whiskybae < Irish uisce beatha or Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, ultimately translation of Medieval Latin aqua vitae literally, water of life; compare usquebaugh]
- ardent spirits - Strong alcoholic liquors made by distillation, as brandy, whiskey, or gin.
- bourbon - Named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, an American whiskey made from at least 51 percent corn, plus other grains (all bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon); whiskey is an alcoholic liquor distilled from grain, such as corn, rye, or barley, and contains approximately 40 to 50 percent ethyl alcohol by volume.
- scat - Slang for whiskey.
- brand name - The term originated with whiskey, as the producers branded their names on the barrels.
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|Noun||1.||whiskey - a liquor made from fermented mash of grain|
booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, liquor, spirits, strong drink - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
blended whiskey, blended whisky - mixture of two or more whiskeys or of a whiskey and neutral spirits
bourbon - whiskey distilled from a mash of corn and malt and rye and aged in charred oak barrels
Scotch malt whiskey, Scotch malt whisky, Scotch whiskey, Scotch whisky, malt whiskey, malt whisky, Scotch - whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still
manhattan - a cocktail made with whiskey and sweet vermouth with a dash of bitters
old fashioned - a cocktail made of whiskey and bitters and sugar with fruit slices