- an alcoholic liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grain, as barley, rye, or corn, and usually containing from 43 to 50 percent alcohol.
- a drink of whiskey.
- a word used in communications to represent the letter W.
- made of, relating to, or resembling whiskey.
Origin of whiskey
Examples from the Web for whiskey
His keepers fed the beast copious amounts of port, Champagne, and whiskey to pacify the persnickety pachyderm.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence
December 31, 2014
For Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation, the one is a thing: whiskey.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 7, 2014
It seems like everyone wants to own Pappy Van Winkle whiskey…but is it worth it?
But there is no shortage of great American whiskey on the market.
As Peled puts it, “The whiskey bottle is still on the table and people are drunk.”Dutch Try to Save Santa’s Slave
Nadette De Visser
December 2, 2014
Why have they not forbidden the sale of whiskey in all saloons?Government by the Brewers?
Then Luke Shanders 'lowed he was cold, and asked if I had a drap o' whiskey.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The lights were put out, and then the two officers capsized the whiskey.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The whiskey was going round, and the lads were a little flushed.The Hunted Outlaw
Father, then here's all you done for me, by your lies and your whiskey!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- the usual Irish and US spelling of whisky
- communications a code word for the letter w
Word Origin and History for whiskey
1715, from Gaelic uisge beatha "whisky," literally "water of life," from Old Irish uisce "water" + bethu "life." The Gaelic is probably a loan-translation of Medieval Latin aqua vitae, which had been applied to intoxicating drinks since early 14c. (cf. French eau de vie "brandy"). Other early spellings in English include usquebea (1706) and iskie bae (1580s). Distinction between Scotch whisky and Irish and American whiskey is a 19c. innovation. Whisky sour is recorded from 1889.