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whisky

[hwis-kee, wis-] /ˈʰwɪs ki, ˈwɪs-/
noun, plural whiskies, adjective
1.
whiskey (used especially for Scotch or Canadian whiskey).

whiskey

or whisky

[hwis-kee, wis-] /ˈʰwɪs ki, ˈwɪs-/
noun, plural whiskeys.
1.
an alcoholic liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grain, as barley, rye, or corn, and usually containing from 43 to 50 percent alcohol.
2.
a drink of whiskey.
3.
a word used in communications to represent the letter W.
adjective
4.
made of, relating to, or resembling whiskey.
Origin of whiskey
1705-1715
1705-15; short for whiskybae < Irish uisce beatha or Scots Gaelic uisge beatha, ultimately translation of Medieval Latin aqua vitae literally, water of life; cf. usquebaugh
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Examples from the Web for whisky
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  • The pillows were there, so was the whisky, but no one touched it.

    Three Boys George Manville Fenn
  • Masters placed the whisky within reach and left the room silently.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Cigars and cigarettes, whisky and soda, appeared as though by magic.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A bottle of whisky and a jug of water were on the table in front of them.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • whisky, cartridges, rifles and machine gun ammunition were brought in in large quantities.

British Dictionary definitions for whisky

whisky

/ˈwɪskɪ/
noun (pl) -kies
1.
a spirit made by distilling fermented cereals, which is matured and often blended
Word Origin
C18: shortened from whiskybae, from Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, literally: water of life; see usquebaugh

whiskey

/ˈwɪskɪ/
noun
1.
the usual Irish and US spelling of whisky

Whiskey

/ˈwɪskɪ/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter w
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Word Origin and History for whisky
n.

see whiskey.

whiskey

n.

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.

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