Definition of Horlicks in English:



  • [mass noun] A drink made from malted milk powder.

    • ‘On arriving at Happy Acres, I was ushered into the briefing room where I was served Horlicks and Hobnobs by a lovely young instructor called Marvin, who had bleached blond hair and an earring and who told me he was never too busy to chat.’
    • ‘Nutritional drinks such as Horlicks also contain trans fats.’
    • ‘The brand has been advertised with a sleep message since the 1920s, but GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Horlicks, has always been unable to explain the science behind the claim.’
    • ‘And look very closely at the labels on things like Horlicks and drinking chocolate.’
    • ‘The survey was commissioned by the makers of malted drink Horlicks.’


Late 19th century: named after James and William Horlick, British-born brothers whose company first manufactured the drink in the US.