Definition of toddy in English:



  • 1A drink made of spirits with hot water, sugar, and sometimes spices.

    ‘a hot toddy’
    [mass noun] ‘they drank even more toddy’
    • ‘They're not just ordering Irish Coffee and hot toddies, though.’
    • ‘Many bars serve it all year round, though admittedly drinkers' thoughts generally turn to hot toddies and the spicy fragrance of such wines only after the turning back of the clocks and the arrival of the first frosts.’
    • ‘It's a brave cough that resists the combination of antibiotics, hot rum toddies, hot methol inhalant and spaghetti putanesca.’
    • ‘A little snow, some holiday cheer and a ski chalet serving up hot toddies at day's end may be just the recipe for improving national morale, curing winter doldrums and encouraging a spirit of buying.’
    • ‘But the elements didn't deter a huge attendance on New Year's Day - the biggest since the Millenium - when hot toddies were high on the agenda, along with the serious business of picking winners.’
    • ‘Many operators have moved beyond the standard coffee-based drinks to include cutting edge drinks like chai latte and reborn traditionals like hot toddies, spiked cider and mulled wines.’
    • ‘Not that it mattered overly to me - this was my day to be thick with cold and laid up with Lemsip and hot rum toddies.’
    • ‘Rudolph must have had a few hot toddies and led the sleigh astray.’
    • ‘On Christmas Eve, people eat Lenten foods (no meat or dairy products) and drink hot toddies (warm brandy with honey).’
    • ‘After skiing, warm up with hot toddies in the log lodge, cozy with its Persian rugs, overstuffed chairs, slope-facing windows, and 175-ton stone fireplace.’
    • ‘It was amazing what six and a half (soon to be seven) doctored hot toddies could do to an Elf.’
    • ‘Just imagine wearing those big warm clothes and then walking into a bar, or your house, and sitting by a fire drinking toddies with all your friends.’
    • ‘Whether your taste runs to nogs, grogs, toddies or tonics, there's a potent potable to warm body and spirit.’
    • ‘Once out on the town, it's best to keep hot toddies to a minimum; alcohol causes your body to lose heat much more rapidly.’
    • ‘You have to navigate through minefields of homemade fudge, baked hams, office peanut brittle, holiday eggnog, hot toddies, smoked cheese logs and platoons of armed and dangerous gingerbread men.’
    • ‘When Marlowe needed to crack the code of an encrypted address book in The Big Sleep, he cracks open a bottle of whiskey and fixes up some hot toddies.’
    • ‘I dissolved some aspirin, swigged it, and then sat back to enjoy the first of several hot rum toddies, sipping gratefully, huddled by the big radiator in the kitchen.’
    • ‘The common goal of creating living places, and fighting illness (making hot toddies for each other) and the harsh weather, broke down the separate group identities which had developed from the selection procedure.’
    • ‘Well, I still have a cough, though it's much diminished, yielding ground day by day to a steady trickle of hot rum toddies served steaming at appropriate times.’
    • ‘Bemused onlookers were even more surprised when they saw central bankers dishing out free champagne and hot toddies to their shivering customers.’
  • 2The naturally alcoholic sap of some kinds of palm, used as a beverage in tropical countries.

    • ‘Men engage in open sea and lagoon fishing from canoes as well as the gathering of coconuts and palm toddy and the more strenuous forms of cultivation.’
    • ‘He called me over and passed me a small bottle of toddy - the fermented and alcoholic sap - to taste.’
    • ‘The latest technology transfer under process is the process of making sweet palm toddy or neera.’
    • ‘The local brew, raa, is a sweet toddy made from the crown of the coconut palm.’


Early 17th century (in toddy): from Marathi tāḍī, Hindi tāṛī, from Sanskrit tāḏī palmyra.