[puh-teen, -cheen, -theen, poh-]
- the first distillation of a fermented mash in the making of whiskey.
- illicitly distilled whiskey.
Origin of poteen
1805–15; < Irish poitín literally, small pot, diminutive of pota pot1
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Examples from the Web for poteen
Send me that poteen you spoke of, and ignore the Bills against these M'Caffreys.
They are celebrated distillers of poteen whiskey, but are not rich.
All charged, sergeant, with loyalty and poteen at any rate; hang the Pope.Willy Reilly
Mutton always—fish and game when there's the season for them—and poteen to wash them down.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
That, indeed, was happiness in perfection, as pure and unadulterated as the poteen which created it.The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim
- (in Ireland) illicit spirit, often distilled from potatoes
C19: from Irish poitín little pot, from pota pot
Word Origin and History for poteen
"illicit whiskey," 1812, from Irish poitin "little pot," suggesting distillation in small quantities, from English pot (n.1) "vessel" + diminutive suffix -in, -een.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper