Origin of hooch1
Definition for hootch (2 of 2)
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.
Examples from the Web for hootch
Provin and Adams will blow the blues in their laugh skit "Hootch Mon!"Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
They found a dollar's worth of hootch would get more from the savages than a dollar's worth of anything else; so they used whisky.The Great Gold Rush|W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
Its because they aint got no brainsat least, what theyve got are addled with hootch.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
Always he brought a bottle, and the excellent "hootch," as he called it, did much to make our lives bearable.Adventures in Swaziland|Owen Rowe O'Neil
Why, you poor dumb thing, Jake runs Canadian hootch for a livin' and Leverett's a trap thief!The Flaming Jewel|Robert W. Chambers
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Word Origin for hooch
Word Origin and History for hootch
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]