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whis·key

also 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.

whisky

(ˈwɪskɪ)
n, pl -kies
(Brewing) a spirit made by distilling fermented cereals, which is matured and often blended
[C18: shortened from whiskybae, from Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, literally: water of life; see usquebaugh]

whis•key

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whisky - a liquor made from fermented mash of grainwhisky - 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
corn whiskey, corn whisky, corn - whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn
Irish whiskey, Irish whisky, Irish - whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley
rye whiskey, rye whisky, rye - whiskey distilled from rye or rye and malt
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
sour mash whiskey, sour mash - any whiskey distilled from sour mash
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
whiskey sour, whisky sour - a sour made with whiskey

whisky

noun Scotch, malt, rye, bourbon, firewater, John Barleycorn, usquebaugh (Gaelic), barley-bree (Scot.) a glass of whisky
Quotations
"Freedom and Whisky gang thegither!" [Robert Burns The Author's Earnest Cry and Prayer]
"a torchlight procession marching down your throat" [John L. O'Sullivan (of whisky)]

Whiskies

blend, blended whisky, bourbon, corn whisky, grain whisky, hokonui (N.Z.), Irish whiskey, malt or malt whisky, poteen or poitín, redeye (U.S. slang), rye, Scotch, shebeen or shebean (Irish), single malt, sour mash, vatted malt
Translations
وِسْكيويسْكي
уиски
whisky
whisky
viskio
viski
viski
viski
whisky
viskí
ウイスキー
위스키
viskis
viskijs
whisky
whisky
วิสกี้
віскігорілка
rượu whisky

whisky

whiskey (US, Irl) [ˈwɪskɪ] Nwhisky m
whisky and sodawhisky m con sifón, whisky m con soda

whisky

hwɪski] nwhisky m

whisky

, (US, Ir) whiskey
nWhisky m; whisky and sodaWhisky (mit) Soda m; two whiskies, pleasezwei Whisky, bitte

whisky

whiskey (Am) [ˈwɪskɪ] nwhisky m inv
a whisky and soda → un whisky e soda

whisky

(ˈwiski) (Irish and American) whiskey noun
a type of alcoholic drink made from grain.

whisky

وِسْكي whisky whisky Whisky ουίσκι whisky viski whisky viski whisky ウイスキー 위스키 whisky whisky whisky uísque виски whisky วิสกี้ viski rượu whisky 威士忌
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It is said that the current spelling arose from the mispronunciation of the Irish uisce, written uisge in Scotland's uisge beatha, literally 'water of life.' This was a direct translation of the Latin aqua vitae, the name given to distilled alcohol by the Irish monks during the Middle Ages.
The first government record of Uisge Beatha was in 1494 when a government paper instructed Tironensian monk Friar John Cor, from Lindores Abbey, Fife, to be given "eight bolls" of malt to make "aqua vitae" for King James IV.
A wooden tray accommodated the slots for the individual tulip glasses, as elegant a manner as dinner-and-drink service that married uisge beatha (the water of life) with perfectly roasted lechon (the very suckling of gustatory experience).
The production of scotch goes back more than 500 years; the name whisky is reportedly derived form an English pronunciation of the Gaelic uisge beatha, meaning "water of life." Production is strictly regulated; by law, it must be produced and aged for three years in Scotland.
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That New Year it was jigs, hornpipes, strathspeys and reels that did for me, NOT the uisge beatha. I lay on the floor, writhing, unlamented and unnoticed, kilt in a birl, sporran askew.
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At Vinea, they'll be talking Uisge Beatha ("water of life" to the non Goidelic speakers) , flavour, stills and barrels over a glass and some nibbles.
Bourbon whiskey was first known simply as whiskey, a word that derives from the Gaelic uisge beatha, or "water of life," Bourbon comes from the name of a county in Kentucky that was stamped on barrels of whiskey produced there--resulting in a demand for that "Bourbon" whiskey.