Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang Alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or bootleg liquor: "bootleggers smashed on their own hooch” ( Christopher Hitchens).
  • n. Slang Marijuana.
  • n. Slang A dwelling, especially a thatched hut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or illicit whisky.
  • n. A thatched hut, CHU, or any simple dwelling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an illicitly distilled (and usually inferior) alcoholic liquor.
  • n. A living quarters

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an illicitly distilled (and usually inferior) alcoholic liquor

Etymologies

Short for hoochinoo, from Hoochinoo, a Tlingit village where illegal liquor was distilled, from Tlingit xutsnuuwú.
Alteration (perhaps influenced by hut) of Japanese uchi, inside, interior.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation of Hoochinoo, name of a specific liquor, from the name of the tribe which produced it, from Tlingit Hutsnuwu ("grizzly bear fort"). (Wiktionary)
Japanese うち (uchi, "house") (Wiktionary)

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  • from dictionary.com:

    –noun Military Slang.
    1. a thatched hut of southeast Asia.
    2. any living quarters, as a barracks.
    3. (esp. during the Korean War)
    3a. a prostitute's dwelling.
    3b. any place, as a house, room, or shack, where a serviceman sets up housekeeping with a local woman.
    Also, hootch, hoochie.

    Origin:
    1950–55 prob. < Japn uchi house (by back formation, construing -i as -y2); initial h perh. by assoc. with hut or < Ryukyuan dial. form of uchi with prothetic h-

    October 6, 2010

  • "Wheredja snitch the hooch?"

    -Rex Banner in The Simpsons

    April 14, 2009