or hootch

[ hooch ]
/ hutʃ /

noun Military Slang.

a thatched hut of southeast Asia.
any living quarters, as a barracks.
(especially during the Korean War)
  1. a prostitute's dwelling.
  2. any place, as a house, room, or shack, where a serviceman sets up housekeeping with a local woman.


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Also hooch·ie [hoo-chee] /ˈhu tʃi/.

Origin of hooch

1950–55 probably < Japanese uchi house (by back formation, construing -i as -y2); initial h perhaps by association with hut or < Ryukyuan dial. form of uchi with prothetic h-
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British Dictionary definitions for hoochie (1 of 2)



/ (huːtʃ, Dutch hoːx) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for hoochie (2 of 2)



/ (huːtʃ) /


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

Word Origin for hooch

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