noun, plural whis·keys.
Origin of whiskey
Examples from the Web for whiskey
His keepers fed the beast copious amounts of port, Champagne, and whiskey to pacify the persnickety pachyderm.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence|Bill Schulz|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation, the one is a thing: whiskey.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seems like everyone wants to own Pappy Van Winkle whiskey…but is it worth it?
But there is no shortage of great American whiskey on the market.
As Peled puts it, “The whiskey bottle is still on the table and people are drunk.”
A request for whiskey addressed to a car containing a dozen men accustomed to wrest metals from the earth was not in vain.The Penalty|Gouverneur Morris
But for that gentle persuader they must have tossed, unsoothed, the night through; for the whiskey was for me.A Tramp Abroad, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Whiskey made the long knives so foolish that when they looked at one of our braves they saw ten.Shaman|Robert Shea
"Well, that calls for celebration," said Mickey, as she drank her whiskey.Hookers|Richard F. Mann
It has been a public joke for years past that no one can answer the question, What is whiskey?Parenthood and Race Culture|Caleb Williams Saleeby
British Dictionary definitions for whiskey (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for whiskey (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for whiskey
1715, from Gaelic uisge beatha "whisky," literally "water of life," from Old Irish uisce "water" + bethu "life." The Gaelic is probably a loan-translation of Medieval Latin aqua vitae, which had been applied to intoxicating drinks since early 14c. (cf. French eau de vie "brandy"). Other early spellings in English include usquebea (1706) and iskie bae (1580s). Distinction between Scotch whisky and Irish and American whiskey is a 19c. innovation. Whisky sour is recorded from 1889.