Definitions

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

  • n. Variant of whiskey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alcoholic liquor distilled from fermented grain and usually aged in in oak barrels
  • n. A drink of this liquor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An intoxicating liquor distilled from grain, potatoes, etc., especially in Scotland, Ireland, and the United States. In the United States, whisky is generally distilled from maize, rye, or wheat, but in Scotland and Ireland it is often made from malted barley.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of light gig or one-horse chaise. Sometimes called tim-whisky.
  • n. An ardent spirit, distilled chiefly from grain.

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

  • n. a liquor made from fermented mash of grain

Etymologies

Early 18th century. Variant of usque, abbreviation of usquebaugh (compare obsolete whiskybae). From Scottish Gaelic uisge-beatha and Irish uisce beatha ("water of life"). Compare aquavit, from Latin aqua vitae ("water of life"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _ -- Under the term whisky will here be included all of those stronger alcoholic beverages that are the product of distillation.

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  • May I add that the Belgians, the Bretons, the Corsicans, the Welsh and the Spaniards always use the term whisky, and not whiskey, for their own versions of the drink.

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  • Rejectionist, your whisky is here on my bookshelf.

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  • This indicates whether the whisky is full-bodied or light-bodied.

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  • They say this evaporated whisky is for the angels.

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  • First you get to go on a BARREL RIDE where a ghost tells you all about how whisky is made. it is very complicated and involves squishing a lot of barley together to make a fermented mash, and then adding yeast and doing lots of distilling.

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  • Bloomberg News Bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky pass along the production line at a Diageo factory in Glasgow, Scotland.

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  • One of the potencies of whisky is the breeding of thirst.

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  • As you might guess from the title, it doesn't end in whisky and a ploughman's lunch down at the pub, although it might be said that there's lots of ham to be had.

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  • My argument about oil and whisky is one you challenged, particularly if (for example) there was some sort of whisky disaster.

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  • See the booze news.

    October 22, 2008

  • Unless you're talking about a shay. Then don't see whiskey. :-) The nickname comes from people "whisking" around in the light carriage.

    October 22, 2008

  • See whiskey.

    Edit: for the liquor, both -y and -ey spelling is acceptable.

    October 22, 2008

  • See shay.

    October 22, 2008