- alcoholic liquor.
- liquor illicitly distilled and distributed.
Origin of hooch1
- a thatched hut of southeast Asia.
- any living quarters, as a barracks.
- (especially during the Korean War)
- a prostitute's dwelling.
- any place, as a house, room, or shack, where a serviceman sets up housekeeping with a local woman.
Origin of hooch2
- Pie·ter de [pee-ter duh; Dutch pee-tuh r duh] /ˈpi tər də; Dutch ˈpi tər də/, 1629?–88?, Dutch painter.
Examples from the Web for hooch
Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 20, 2014
The sound of dancing came from the hall, with cries of "Hooch!"The Manxman
"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.'
Kitty told me the hooch had got him right—but she didn't tell it strong enough.
- informal, mainly US and Canadian alcoholic drink, esp illicitly distilled spirits
- Pieter de (ˈpiːtər də). 1629–?1684, Dutch genre painter, noted esp for his light effects
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]