- courage inspired by drunkenness or drinking liquor.
Origin of Dutch courage
Related Words for dutch couragedipsomania
- false courage gained from drinking alcohol
- alcoholic drink
False courage acquired by drinking liquor, as in He had a quick drink to give him Dutch courage. This idiom alludes to the reputed heavy drinking of the Dutch, and was first referred to in Edmund Waller's Instructions to a Painter (1665): “The Dutch their wine, and all their brandy lose, Disarm'd of that from which their courage grows.”