hooch

1

or hootch

[ hooch ]
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nounSlang.
  1. alcoholic liquor.

  2. liquor illicitly distilled and distributed.

Origin of hooch

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; shortening of hoochinoo

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Other definitions for hooch (2 of 3)

hooch2

or hootch

[ hooch ]

nounMilitary Slang.
  1. a thatched hut of southeast Asia.

  2. any living quarters, as a barracks.

  1. (especially during the Korean War)

    • a prostitute's dwelling.

    • any place, as a house, room, or shack, where a serviceman sets up housekeeping with a local woman.

Origin of hooch

2
First recorded in 1950–55; probably from Japanese uchi “house” (by back formation, construing -i as -y2); initial h perhaps by association with hut or from Ryukyuan dialectal form of uchi with prefixed h-
  • Also hooch·ie [hoo-chee] /ˈhu tʃi/ .

Other definitions for Hooch (3 of 3)

Hooch
[ hooch; Dutch hohkh ]

noun
  1. Pie·ter de [pee-ter duh; Dutch pee-tuhrduh], /ˈpi tər də; Dutch ˈpi tər də/, 1629?–88?, Dutch painter.

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How to use hooch in a sentence

  • Something in the man's voice made de hooch turn his head away from the periscope's eyepieces.

    The Bramble Bush | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • One of the men shook de hooch gently, awakening him in the middle of a snore.

    The Bramble Bush | Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for hooch (1 of 2)

hooch

hootch

/ (huːtʃ) /


noun
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian alcoholic drink, esp illicitly distilled spirits

Origin of hooch

1
C20: shortened from Tlingit Hootchinoo, name of a tribe that distilled a type of liquor

British Dictionary definitions for Hooch (2 of 2)

Hooch

Hoogh

/ (huːtʃ, Dutch hoːx) /


noun
  1. Pieter de (ˈpiːtər də). 1629–?1684, Dutch genre painter, noted esp for his light effects

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