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[uhs-kwi-baw, -bah]
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  1. (in Scotland and Ireland) whiskey.
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Origin of usquebaugh

1575–85; < Irish uisce beatha or Scots Gaelic uisge beatha; see whiskey
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Historical Examples

  • I shall want a bottle or two of sack, and a flask of usquebaugh.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. III (of III)

    W. Harrison Ainsworth

  • Three drams of usquebaugh you drank with Dan Deasy's ducats.


    James Joyce

  • I'll give you time, as he said to me, when first he taught me to like usquebaugh.

    The Absentee

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Charles eagerly pressed for another supply of usquebaugh and warm water.

  • "If usquebaugh can mend her, no doubt the recovery will be rapid," answered the Major, laughing.

    Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for usquebaugh


  1. Irish the former name for whiskey
  2. Scot the former name for whisky
  3. an Irish liqueur flavoured with coriander
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Word Origin

C16: from Irish Gaelic uisce beathadh or Scot Gaelic uisge beatha water of life
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