Share this entry

Share this page

Kool-Aid

Line breaks: Kool-Aid
Pronunciation: /ˈkuːleɪd
 
/

Definition of Kool-Aid in English:

noun

[mass noun] North American , trademark
A powder that is added to water or another liquid to make a fruit-flavoured soft drink: a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid
More example sentences
  • Catfish anglers are doing well in 15 feet of water with sliced hot dogs and chicken soaked overnight in grape Kool-Aid.
  • Just go back to your jug of Kool-Aid and take a swig and relax.
  • The future is very bright, join me for a glass of Kool-Aid.

Origin

1920s: from kool, an informal respelling of cool + -aid, a respelling of -ade, after lemonade, orangeade, etc..

Phrases

drink the Kool-Aid

1
informal Demonstrate unquestioning obedience or loyalty to someone or something: his real ire is directed at the news media for drinking the Kool-Aid and not being tougher on the president
[with allusion to an incident in 1978 in which members of the People's Temple, a religious and political group in Jonestown, Guyana, committed mass suicide by drinking a cyanide-laced soft drink thought to be similar to Kool-Aid]
More example sentences
  • I'm not drinking the Pentagon Kool-Aid.
  • There were times during that bad week when the four of us were thinking that we were drinking the Kool-Aid and not getting the whole picture.
  • In other words: everyone had drunk the New Economy Kool-Aid.

Definition of Kool-Aid in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day reciprocity
Pronunciation: ˌrɛsɪˈprɒsɪti
noun
exchanging things with others for mutual benefit…