toddy

[ tod-ee ]
/ ˈtɒd i /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for toddy

toddy

/ (ˈtɒdɪ) /

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
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Word Origin and History for toddy

toddy


n.

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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