- Informal. to furnish or ply with liquor to drink (often followed by up).
- Informal. to drink large quantities of liquor (often followed by up).
Origin of liquor
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- (adverb) US and Canadian slang to become or cause to become drunk
- any alcoholic drink, esp spirits, or such drinks collectively
- any liquid substance, esp that in which food has been cooked
- pharmacol a solution of a pure substance in water
- brewing warm water added to malt to form wort
- in liquor drunk; intoxicated
- brewing to steep (malt) in warm water to form wort; mash
Word Origin and History for liquor up
c.1200, likur "any matter in a liquid state," from Old French licor "fluid, liquid; sap; oil" (Modern French liqueur), from Latin liquorem (nominative liquor) "liquidity, fluidity," also "a liquid, the sea," from liquere "be fluid, liquid" (see liquid (adj.)). Narrowed sense of "fermented or distilled drink" (especially wine) first recorded c.1300. To liquor up "get drunk" is from 1845. The form in English has been assimilated to Latin, but the pronunciation has not changed.
- An aqueous solution, especially of a medicinal substance.
- An alcoholic beverage made by distillation rather than by fermentation.
- In anatomical nomenclature, a term for any of several body fluids.