Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various tall mixed drinks usually made with rum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To drink habitually and to excess; swill.
  • noun One of various differently compounded drinks.

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

  • transitive verb To drink; to swill.
  • noun Prov. Eng. Ale and beer mixed; also, drink generally.

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

  • noun Various kinds of alcoholic drinks.
  • verb To stir or mix.
  • verb computing To permute bits.
  • verb computing, programming, transitive To convert portable symbols or positions to memory-dependent pointers during deserialization.

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

  • noun any of various tall frothy mixed drinks made usually of rum and lime juice and sugar shaken with ice

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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Unknown etymology, 1813. Original sense “alcoholic drink”, possibly a variant of switchel ("a drink of molasses and water, often mixed with rum"), attested 1790, itself of uncertain origin. Possibly influenced by fizz.

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