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hooch 1

Pronunciation: /ho͞oCH/
(also hootch)

noun

informal
Alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or illicit whiskey.
Example sentences
  • The Government was also forced to admit that illicit hooch was being brewed in Aarey colony, a reserve forest area in the city.
  • Once considered a low class hooch, tequila has undergone a huge image change over the past two decades to become the toast of Mexican high society, giving a heady euphoria to the country's drinks industry.
  • That night, they held an impromptu party on the river's edge, where friends and friends of friends partied into the wee hours, drinking home-brewed orange hooch and saying farewell.

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of Hoochinoo, the name of an Alaskan Indian people who made liquor.

Words that rhyme with hooch

mooch, pooch, smooch

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Syllabification: hooch

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There are 2 main definitions of hooch in English:

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hooch 2

Pronunciation: /ho͞oCH/

noun

US informal
A shelter or improvised dwelling.
Example sentences
  • The hooches are 12 wooden huts where airmen live.
  • But ongoing construction will replace 270 hooches with no indoor plumbing with 44 four-unit apartment buildings and seven two-story, 72-occupant dormitories.
  • Even worse, there was a direct hit on a nearby hooch.

Origin

1950s (originally military slang): perhaps from Japanese uchi 'dwelling'.

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Syllabification: hooch

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