from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. a personification of alcoholic drink, particularly beer and whisky.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a humorous personification of barley as the source of malt liquor or whisky.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See barleycorn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
And so it went, a very lively and well-patronised road, and, from what I knew of all of them, John Barleycorn was responsible, with the sole exception of Smith of the Annie.
And here, by the very system of things, by the way life was organised and men transacted affairs, John Barleycorn reached out and tucked my arm in his.
For this sickness of pessimism, caused by drink, one must drink further in quest of the anodyne that John Barleycorn promises but never delivers.
And the point of this instance is that later on, after more years had passed, contact with John Barleycorn at last did induce in me the alcoholic desire.
That led to the linguistic prettification of saloons as taverns and of shops purveying the mother’s milk of John Barleycorn as package stores.