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[uhs-kwi-baw, -bah] /ˈʌs kwɪˌbɔ, -ˌbɑ/
(in Scotland and Ireland) whiskey.
Origin of usquebaugh
1575-85; < Irish uisce beatha or Scots Gaelic uisge beatha; see whiskey Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His wife departed, muttering to herself, and the reverend Gideon pulled out of his capacious pocket a flask of usquebaugh.

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

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. III (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • A mutchkin o' usquebaugh for ilka man,' shouted a burly flesher, ''tis mair heartenin'.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • Three drams of usquebaugh you drank with Dan Deasy's ducats.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • But her diseased mind required stronger stimulants, and sought them in gallantry, in basset, and in usquebaugh.

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

    The Absentee Maria Edgeworth
  • The world loved him, and he saw no reason why he should not in return love its venison and its usquebaugh.

  • "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
  • I have just received your letter of the 2nd, with the usquebaugh, for which I am much obliged to you.

    Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
  • I had been losing cursedly at cards that day, and mine host's wine had a dash of usquebaugh in it, I dare swear.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for usquebaugh


(Irish) the former name for whiskey
(Scot) the former name for whisky
an Irish liqueur flavoured with coriander
Word Origin
C16: from Irish Gaelic uisce beathadh or Scot Gaelic uisge beatha water of life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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