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usquebaugh

[uhs-kwi-baw, -bah]
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noun
  1. (in Scotland and Ireland) whiskey.
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Origin of usquebaugh

1575–85; < Irish uisce beatha or Scots Gaelic uisge beatha; see whiskey
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Examples from the Web for usquebaugh

Historical Examples

  • I shall want a bottle or two of sack, and a flask of usquebaugh.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. III (of III)

    W. Harrison Ainsworth

  • Three drams of usquebaugh you drank with Dan Deasy's ducats.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • I'll give you time, as he said to me, when first he taught me to like usquebaugh.

    The Absentee

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Charles eagerly pressed for another supply of usquebaugh and warm water.

  • "If usquebaugh can mend her, no doubt the recovery will be rapid," answered the Major, laughing.

    Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for usquebaugh

usquebaugh

noun
  1. Irish the former name for whiskey
  2. Scot the former name for whisky
  3. an Irish liqueur flavoured with coriander
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Word Origin

C16: from Irish Gaelic uisce beathadh or Scot Gaelic uisge beatha water of life
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