or whis·ky

[ hwis-kee, wis- ]
/ ˈʰwɪs ki, ˈwɪs- /

noun, plural whis·keys.

an alcoholic liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grain, as barley, rye, or corn, and usually containing from 43 to 50 percent alcohol.
a drink of whiskey.
a word used in communications to represent the letter W.


made of, relating to, or resembling whiskey.

Origin of whiskey

1705–15; short for whiskybae < Irish uisce beatha or Scots Gaelic uisge beatha, ultimately translation of Medieval Latin aqua vitae literally, water of life; cf. usquebaugh
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Examples from the Web for whiskey

British Dictionary definitions for whiskey (1 of 2)

/ (ˈwɪskɪ) /


the usual Irish and US spelling of whisky

British Dictionary definitions for whiskey (2 of 2)

/ (ˈwɪskɪ) /


communications a code word for the letter w
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