noun, plural tod·dies.

a drink made of alcoholic liquor and hot water, sweetened and sometimes spiced with cloves.
the drawn sap, especially when fermented, of any of several toddy palms, used as a drink.

Origin of toddy

First recorded in 1600–10, toddy is from the Hindi word tāḍi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toddy

Contemporary Examples of toddy

  • According to a study done by Toddy, cold-brewed coffee is 67 percent less acidic than hot-brewed.

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    Coffee's Dirty Little Secret

    Michael Meyer

    August 18, 2009

Historical Examples of toddy

  • His "toddy" splashed the back log, causing a tremendous sizzle.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • As Devore jumped up he overturned the major's toddy right in the major's lap.

  • She had a good fire in the grate and made her father a toddy.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman

  • The supper had been good, the tobacco was good, and the toddy was good.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

  • Yes, the Major would take some toddy before he started for home.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

British Dictionary definitions for toddy


noun plural -dies

a drink made from spirits, esp whisky, with hot water, sugar, and usually lemon juice
  1. the sap of various palm trees (toddy or wine palms), used as a beverage
  2. the liquor prepared from this sap
(in Malaysia) a milky-white sour alcoholic drink made from fermented coconut milk, drunk chiefly by Indians

Word Origin for toddy

C17: from Hindi tārī juice of the palmyra palm, from tār palmyra palm, from Sanskrit tāra, probably of Dravidian origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for toddy

1610s, alteration of taddy (1610s), tarrie (c.1600) "beverage made from fermented palm sap," from Hindi tari "palm sap" (in which the -r- sounds close to an English -d-), from tar "palm tree," from Sanskrit tala-s, probably from a Dravidian language (cf. Kannada tar, Telugu tadu). Meaning "beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices" first recorded 1786.

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