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[hooch] /hutʃ/

noun, Slang.
alcoholic liquor.
liquor illicitly distilled and distributed.
[hooch] /hutʃ/
noun, Military Slang.
a thatched hut of southeast Asia.
any living quarters, as a barracks.

(informal, mainly US & Canadian) alcoholic drink, esp illicitly distilled spirits
/huːtʃ; Dutch hoːx/
Pieter de (ˈpiːtər də). 1629–?1684, Dutch genre painter, noted esp for his light effects

also hootch, “cheap whiskey,” 1897, shortened form of Hoochinoo (1877) “liquor made by Alaskan Indians,” from the name of a native tribe in Alaska whose distilled liquor was a favorite with miners in 1898 Klondike gold rush; the tribe’s name is said by OED to be from Tlingit Hutsnuwu, literally “grizzly bear fort.”

As the supply of whisky was very limited, and the throats down which it was poured were innumerable, it was found necessary to create some sort of a supply to meet the demand. This concoction was known as “hooch”; and disgusting as it is, it is doubtful if it is much more poisonous than the whisky itself. [M.H.E. Hayne, “The Pioneers of the Klondyke,” London, 1897]


Liquor; strong drink; booze: and the bottles of hooch, and the free food on the job/ or guzzles hooch that he hides inside a big toy duck

[1897+; fr the liquor made by the Hoochinoo Indians of Alaska]


[Korean & Vietnam War armed forces; fr Japanese uchi, ”house”]

Related Terms

the hootchie-cootchie


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