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usquebaugh

[ uhs-kwi-baw, -bah ]

noun

  1. (in Scotland and Ireland) whiskey.


usquebaugh

/ ˈʌskwɪˌbɔː /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of usquebaugh1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of usquebaugh1

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

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Example Sentences

I had been losing cursedly at cards that day, and mine host's wine had a dash of usquebaugh in it, I dare swear.

His wife departed, muttering to herself, and the reverend Gideon pulled out of his capacious pocket a flask of usquebaugh.

What is the world coming to when fresh beef and usquebaugh are crowded to the wall by bad-smelling water!

A mutchkin o' usquebaugh for ilka man,' shouted a burly flesher, ''tis mair heartenin'.'

But her diseased mind required stronger stimulants, and sought them in gallantry, in basset, and in usquebaugh.

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