Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Containing a greater proportion of alcohol than proof spirit, especially containing more than 50 percent alcohol by volume.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a less specific gravity than 0.91984: said of alcoholic liquors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Containing more alcohol than proof spirit; stronger than proof spirit; that is, containing more than 49.3 per cent by weight of alcohol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Possessing a higher proportion of alcohol than proof spirit. Sometimes abbreviated to OP.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ proof

Examples

  • It is said to be a brown liquid and not white like Wray and Nephews overproof rum.

    Making Light: Open thread 135

  • Intrigued by Fragano's #650, I Googled: The more elusive and even stronger overproof rum found in Jamaica, is JB rum, being short for John Crow Batty rum.

    Making Light: Open thread 135

  • Walker Percy proclaimed that he never understood an enthusiasm for overproof whiskey, as it only meant one had to drink less.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • Walker Percy proclaimed that he never understood an enthusiasm for overproof whiskey, as it only meant one had to drink less.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • Walker Percy proclaimed that he never understood an enthusiasm for overproof whiskey, as it only meant one had to drink less.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • Bruce Arthurs #655: More prosaically, John Crow Batty is either distillery-made overproof rum that has not seen the government inspector i.e., been smuggled out of the distillery raw.

    Making Light: Open thread 135

  • Bake four of them whole in an overproof dish in a moderately hot oven for half an hour.

    What I cooked last night.

  • They might be forty overproof and played by forty bands, and every darned piccolo of them out of tune, if only we were making money.

    Tropic Days

  • It was bad enough to say things like this after a pint or two of overproof Allimir ale, but on tea and oatmeal it was nothing short of criminal.

    The Warslayer

  • Our Excise officers enter the cellars of the wholesale and retail spirit-dealers, only to gauge the strength of the spirit, and to ascertain how much it may be overproof, which alone regulates the Government duty; but for the sake of the public health I would go further than this.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

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