Definition of toddy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtädē/

noun (plural toddies)

1A drink made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and sometimes spices.
Example sentences
  • On Christmas Eve, people eat Lenten foods (no meat or dairy products) and drink hot toddies (warm brandy with honey).
  • Many operators have moved beyond the standard coffee-based drinks to include cutting edge drinks like chai latte and reborn traditionals like hot toddies, spiked cider and mulled wines.
  • I dissolved some aspirin, swigged it, and then sat back to enjoy the first of several hot rum toddies, sipping gratefully, huddled by the big radiator in the kitchen.
2The sap of some kinds of palm, fermented to produce arrack.
Example sentences
  • The latest technology transfer under process is the process of making sweet palm toddy or neera.
  • Men engage in open sea and lagoon fishing from canoes as well as the gathering of coconuts and palm toddy and the more strenuous forms of cultivation.
  • He called me over and passed me a small bottle of toddy - the fermented and alcoholic sap - to taste.


Early 17th century (sense 2): from Marathi tāḍī, Hindi tāṛī, from Sanskrit tāḏī 'palmyra'.

  • Some palm trees have a sugary sap that is drunk in parts of Africa, South India and the Philippines, especially when fermented into an alcoholic drink. This was the original toddy. The word comes from the Indian languages Hindi and Marathi, and goes back to a Sanskrit name for an Asian palm, the palmyra. Travellers brought it back to the colder climate of Britain, and the hot toddy of whisky or some other spirit with hot water, sugar, and spices has soothed many a cold since the late 18th century.

Words that rhyme with toddy

body, embody, Irrawaddy, Kirkcaldy, noddy, Passamaquoddy, shoddy, Soddy, squaddie, wadi

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Syllabification: tod·dy

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