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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- Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hootch
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  • 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!"

    Babbitt 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
  • Why, you poor dumb thing, Jake runs Canadian hootch for a livin' and Leverett's a trap thief!

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Always he brought a bottle, and the excellent "hootch," as he called it, did much to make our lives bearable.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • They found a dollar's worth of hootch would get more from the savages than a dollar's worth of anything else; so they used whisky.

    The Great Gold Rush

    W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
British Dictionary definitions for hootch


a variant spelling of hooch


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


(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
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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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hootch

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'']


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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 3

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the hootchie-cootchie

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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