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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.


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whiskey - a liquor made from fermented mash of grainwhiskey - 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
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It brought, instead, a brief note by the hands of Whiskey Dick from Fairfax, apologizing for some business that kept him and George Kearney from accompanying the ladies.
Before Christie opened the door her face underwent a rapid transformation: the gentle glow of a refined woman's welcome suddenly beamed in her interested eyes; the impulsive courtesy of an expectant hostess eagerly seizing a long- looked-for opportunity broke in a smile upon her lips as she swept across the room, and stopped with her two white outstretched hands before Whiskey Dick.
MONTGOMERY interrupted my tangle of mystification and suspicion about one o'clock, and his grotesque attendant followed him with a tray bearing bread, some herbs and other eatables, a flask of whiskey, a jug of water, and three glasses and knives.
He helped himself to whiskey and water with great deliberation.
If you give me your word of honour as a nobleman and a gentleman that nobody but I has been drinking my whiskey, I'll accept your statement.
He poured himself out some whiskey and water, and slowly drank it.
The whiskey was lent and returned, but Dinah Shadd, who had been just as eager as her husband in asking after old friends, rent me with -
He was a whiskey-guzzling Scotchman, and he downed his whiskey neat, beginning with his first tot punctually at six in the morning, and thereafter repeating it at regular intervals throughout the day till bedtime, which was usually midnight.
The whiskey and soda water," he ordered of the butler who appeared at the door.
Leave the whiskey and soda and tobacco on the table.
Louis, to avoid being arrested for an old whiskey debt which he owed to the Missouri Fur Company, and by which Mr.
Brissenden never arrived without his quart of whiskey, and when they dined together down-town, he drank Scotch and soda throughout the meal.