Definition of whisky in English:
noun (plural whiskies)
- When they returned home they took bottles of whisky and vodka back with them and another row ensued.
- We take our water and mix it with malted barley or grain to make a drink called whisky.
- Maymond later told officers he had had six cans of lager, a bottle of whisky and had smoked a joint.
early 18th century: abbreviation of obsolete whiskybae, variant of usquebaugh.
The root of whisky is the Gaelic word uisgebeatha, literally ‘water of life’. The spelling whisky is first recorded in 1715, but more Gaelic forms like usquebaugh and usquebae were used from the 16th century. Today whisky is the usual spelling for Scotch, and whiskey for Irish whiskey. The sense is found elsewhere—two terms for brandy also mean ‘water of life’, Latin aqua vitae and French eau de vie, whereas vodka is a diminutive form of ‘water’ in Russian.
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