Definitions

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

  • n. Plain water, especially when mixed with a liquor such as whiskey.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Water from a stream.

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  • n. plain water, especially when mixed with alcoholic beverage.

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  • n. pure natural water from a stream or brook; often distinguished from soda water

Etymologies

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

branch, stream + water.

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First recorded in 1835; the branch here is an american word for creek, a brook, a stream of clean drinkable water.

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