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[tod-ee] /ˈtɒd i/
noun, plural toddies.
a drink made of alcoholic liquor and hot water, sweetened and sometimes spiced with cloves.
the drawn sap, especially when fermented, of any of several toddy palms, used as a drink.
Origin of toddy
First recorded in 1600-10, toddy is from the Hindi word tāḍi Unabridged
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  • His "toddy" splashed the back log, causing a tremendous sizzle.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • As Devore jumped up he overturned the major's toddy right in the major's lap.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • She had a good fire in the grate and made her father a toddy.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • The supper had been good, the tobacco was good, and the toddy was good.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • Yes, the Major would take some toddy before he started for home.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Pye mixed the toddy, and we smoked more or less at our ease.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • Colonel Clark gave him some, and Tom,—his tongue loosed by the toddy,—others.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Clark was close-lipped once, not given to levity and—to toddy.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Colonel Clark roared with laughter, thereby spilling some of his toddy.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for toddy


noun (pl) -dies
a drink made from spirits, esp whisky, with hot water, sugar, and usually lemon juice
  1. the sap of various palm trees (toddy or wine palms), used as a beverage
  2. the liquor prepared from this sap
(in Malaysia) a milky-white sour alcoholic drink made from fermented coconut milk, drunk chiefly by Indians
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi tārī juice of the palmyra palm, from tār palmyra palm, from Sanskrit tāra, probably of Dravidian origin
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Word Origin and History for toddy

1610s, alteration of taddy (1610s), tarrie (c.1600) "beverage made from fermented palm sap," from Hindi tari "palm sap" (in which the -r- sounds close to an English -d-), from tar "palm tree," from Sanskrit tala-s, probably from a Dravidian language (cf. Kannada tar, Telugu tadu). Meaning "beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices" first recorded 1786.

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