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noun Slang.
  1. alcoholic liquor.
  2. liquor illicitly distilled and distributed.

Origin of hooch1

First recorded in 1895–1900; shortening of hoochinoo


or hootch

noun Military Slang.
  1. a thatched hut of southeast Asia.
  2. any living quarters, as a barracks.
  3. (especially during the Korean War)
    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 hooch·ie [hoo-chee] /ˈhu tʃi/.

Origin of hooch2

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-
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Examples from the Web for hootch

Historical Examples

  • Only the trout in Star Pond would ever sample that hootch again.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Its because they aint got no brainsat least, what theyve got are addled with hootch.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass

    Thomas K. Holmes

  • Provin and Adams will blow the blues in their laugh skit "Hootch Mon!"


    Sinclair Lewis

  • A hootch bottle in the hands of a jealous Seorita becomes an effective weapon, but I would call it more like fate than accident.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant

  • I want you to go to the hole in the rocks under Star Peak and lay this packet in the hootch cache.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for hootch


  1. a variant spelling of hooch



  1. Pieter de (ˈpiːtər də). 1629–?1684, Dutch genre painter, noted esp for his light effects



  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian alcoholic drink, esp illicitly distilled spirits

Word Origin

C20: shortened from Tlingit Hootchinoo, name of a tribe that distilled a type of liquor
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Word Origin and History for hootch



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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