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Definition for hooch (2 of 3)
noun Military Slang.
- a prostitute's dwelling.
- any place, as a house, room, or shack, where a serviceman sets up housekeeping with a local woman.
Definition for hooch (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for hooch
Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everybody knows the hooch is getting you—and that is just what they all say—it's a shame—but it's his own business.
And I kept full of hooch myself, or I couldn't have stood it.
"Wiley won't be looking for anything but home and a stiff drink of hooch when he gets back to the world," she remarked.The Fifth Ace|Douglas Grant
He's be'n out there where they ain't no hooch, an' he's as good a man as he ever was—as long as he can't git the hooch.
Again he begged in vain for hooch—and was offered pilot bread and moose meat.
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Word Origin for hooch
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Word Origin and History for hooch
also hootch, "cheap whiskey," 1897, shortened form of Hoochinoo (1877) "liquor made by Alaskan Indians," from the name of a native tribe in Alaska whose distilled liquor was a favorite with miners in 1898 Klondike gold rush; the tribe's name is said by OED to be from Tlingit Hutsnuwu, literally "grizzly bear fort."
As the supply of whisky was very limited, and the throats down which it was poured were innumerable, it was found necessary to create some sort of a supply to meet the demand. This concoction was known as "hooch"; and disgusting as it is, it is doubtful if it is much more poisonous than the whisky itself. [M.H.E. Hayne, "The Pioneers of the Klondyke," London, 1897]