One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Scottish A small drink of whiskey or other spirits (often used in humorous imitation of Scottish speech)‘a wee dram to ward off the winter chill’
drink, nip, tot, sip, thimbleful, mouthful, drop, finger, splash, little, spot, taste, small amountView synonyms
- ‘He started drinking at 14 when his alcoholic, Glaswegian grandmother would wake him for his 4am milk round with a dram of whisky.’
- ‘To serve, slit the haggis down the middle and spoon the gushing entrails on to warmed plates with the clapshot and a wee dram or two.’
- ‘He's part of the generous crew of distillers and bottlers dispensing drams at the 2004 whisky festival.’
- ‘Doctors administered two drams of whisky, followed by a dram every hour through the night as they monitored the level of antifreeze in her blood.’
- ‘The fantastic views, fresh air and amazing sky, plus the generous drams of whisky, combined to produce a truly sublime atmosphere.’
- ‘And when their luck isn't so good (think potato famine), they can console themselves with a wee dram of their own invention - whiskey.’
- ‘One sheriff admitted handing out 6000 certificates, for which he was either paid a shilling or given a dram of whisky.’
- ‘Big hands, carefully lighting his pipe. Huge fingers, wrapped around a dram of whisky.’
- ‘They left the ship to tour Islay's Bowmore whisky distillery to enjoy a wee dram or two, while the Princess Royal went on her textile trek.’
- ‘The other common cliché is the kilted bagpiper who eats haggis, neeps and tatties when he's not munching shortbread, and sips wee drams of whisky.’
- ‘It can spot a dodgy dram of whisky, a mucky drop of water or adulterated petrol, in moments.’
- ‘It was his Scottish granny who introduced him to drink, aged 12, when she would wake him for his 4am milk-round with a dram of whisky.’
- ‘On the deck of our elegant vessel, we savour not-so-wee drams of whisky and gin.’
- ‘Blended whisky is - as the name suggests - a blend of different whiskies from different distilleries to make a lighter dram, and this is the warming drink that originally became so popular around the globe.’
- ‘But the majority of malt whisky drinkers want a dram with an identity, a bit of history, a place in the world.’
- ‘But I refuse, because in the same way you might pour yourself a glass of wine or a dram of whisky, at the end of a hard days work I like nothing more than to skin up a joint and get high.’
- ‘Recently, I poured a whisky hack a dram and challenged him to name the region and distillery.’
- ‘We had a wee dram of whisky, not much - there was one bottle between 14 of us.’
- ‘So who will be enjoying a wee dram and celebrating lower interest rates this weekend, and who will be crying in their beer?’
- ‘While their induction might involve a few drams of malt whisky, they will also experience the office's wonderful rural setting outside Edinburgh just a stone's throw from the Pentland Hills.’
2another term for drachm (sense 1 of the noun)
- ‘Despite growing to over twice this size in Europe, the British record has only slowly increased to 19 lb 5oz 8 drams.’
- ‘Oil of the seed, given from half a scruple to half a dram, in some liquor, or a spoonful of juice in some wine, taken before the fit comes on, and the person is put to bed, cures quotidians and quartans.’
- ‘The current boat record is 4lb 6oz 8 drams, whilst the shore best is 4lb 15 oz 3 drams.’
- ‘It could be measured out in drams, oceans, mountains, worlds, whatever quantum the thought deserved.’
- ‘Make a working solution of the developer by mixing 1 dram of developer stock to one ounce of water, adding a grain of oxalic acid to each ounce.’
- ‘The boat record is a whopper of 10 lb 3oz 8 drams, whilst the shore caught best is a fish of 8lb 6oz 14 drams.’
- ‘Natural record is 25 lb 5oz 12 drams, captured in 1996 from Loch Awe.’
Late Middle English (in dram (sense 2)): from Old French drame or medieval Latin drama, variants of dragme and dragma (see drachm).
The basic monetary unit of Armenia, equal to 100 luma.
- ‘Each coin is of face value Dram 25 and contains 1 troy ounce (31.1 gr.) of 9990 pure fine silver with diameter 38 mm.’
- ‘Those of you visiting Armenia this summer will notice that the Dram has appreciated a great deal against the US dollar (and even the Euro).’
- ‘Armenia's gross domestic product expanded 11.7% year-on-year to 1.16 trillion dram in January-August 2005.’
Armenian, literally ‘coin, money’, from Greek drakhmē drachma.
A memory chip that depends upon an applied voltage to keep the stored data.
Acronym from dynamic random-access memory.
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