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or hootch

[hooch] /hutʃ/
noun, Slang.
alcoholic liquor.
liquor illicitly distilled and distributed.
Origin of hooch1
First recorded in 1895-1900; shortening of hoochinoo


or hootch

[hooch] /hutʃ/
noun, Military Slang.
a thatched hut of southeast Asia.
any living quarters, as a barracks.
  1. a prostitute's dwelling.
  2. any place, as a house, room, or shack, where a serviceman sets up housekeeping with a local woman.
Also, hoochie [hoo-chee] /ˈhu tʃi/ (Show IPA).
1950-55 probably < Japanese uchi house (by back formation, construing -i as -y2); initial h perhaps by association with hut or < Ryukyuan dial. form of uchi with prothetic h-


[hooch; Dutch hohkh] /hutʃ; Dutch hoʊx/
Pieter de
[pee-ter duh;; Dutch pee-tuh r duh] /ˈpi tər də;; Dutch ˈpi tər də/ (Show IPA),
1629?–88? Dutch painter.
Also, Hoogh. Unabridged
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  • The sound of dancing came from the hall, with cries of "hooch!"

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "Let me get a shot of hooch, 'Slim,' and I'll tell ya everything," he whimpered.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Only at intervals and from a distance came the shouting of choruses and the loud "hooch!"

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • All you need is to git out in the mountains—an' lay off the hooch.'

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • Kitty told me the hooch had got him right—but she didn't tell it strong enough.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • He's dirty, an' ragged, an' bloated with hooch an' broke—an' yet, by God—he's a man!

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • And, by God, when I win, it won't be because I couldn't get the hooch!

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • He finds the bottle of hooch—and that's the end of the Siwash.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • I tried to reach the hooch to destroy it, but they crowded me away.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for hooch


(informal, mainly US & Canadian) alcoholic drink, esp illicitly distilled spirits
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Tlingit Hootchinoo, name of a tribe that distilled a type of liquor


/huːtʃ; Dutch hoːx/
Pieter de (ˈpiːtər də). 1629–?1684, Dutch genre painter, noted esp for his light effects
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Word Origin and History for hooch

also hootch, "cheap whiskey," 1897, shortened form of Hoochinoo (1877) "liquor made by Alaskan Indians," from the name of a native tribe in Alaska whose distilled liquor was a favorite with miners in 1898 Klondike gold rush; the tribe's name is said by OED to be from Tlingit Hutsnuwu, literally "grizzly bear fort."

As the supply of whisky was very limited, and the throats down which it was poured were innumerable, it was found necessary to create some sort of a supply to meet the demand. This concoction was known as "hooch"; and disgusting as it is, it is doubtful if it is much more poisonous than the whisky itself. [M.H.E. Hayne, "The Pioneers of the Klondyke," London, 1897]

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Slang definitions & phrases for hooch

hooch 1


Liquor; strong drink; booze: and the bottles of hooch, and the free food on the job/ or guzzles hooch that he hides inside a big toy duck

[1897+; fr the liquor made by the Hoochinoo Indians of Alaska]

hooch 2


  1. A Korean house, room, shack, etc: giggle timidly and plead: ''Come on to my hooch''
  2. A Vietnamese village hut
  3. An American barracks, esp a Quonset-style barracks in Vietnam

[Korean & Vietnam War armed forces; fr Japanese uchi, ''house'']

hooch 3

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the hootchie-cootchie

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