Definition of whiskey in English:

whiskey

noun

  • 1A spirit distilled from malted grain, especially barley or rye.

    • ‘Maymond later told officers he had had six cans of lager, a bottle of whisky and had smoked a joint.’
    • ‘J&B Rare contains around 40 whiskies including the single malts Knockando and Tamdhu.’
    • ‘One night Stephens mixed a vast quantity of sleeping pills with a bottle of whisky.’
    • ‘The winner will be decided on Sunday and sent a gallon bottle of Famous Grouse whisky.’
    • ‘She found a girl lying on a pile of clothes with a bottle of whisky in her hand.’
    • ‘Some of this will be directed towards America, which is set to become the largest export market for Irish whiskey in 2004.’
    • ‘When they returned home they took bottles of whisky and vodka back with them and another row ensued.’
    • ‘We take our water and mix it with malted barley or grain to make a drink called whisky.’
    • ‘I found the only thing that numbed the pain was whisky, so I began drinking a bottle a day.’
    • ‘He went to the bar and ordered a whiskey for him and a screwdriver for her.’
    • ‘My excessive nerves were rewarded with a hip flask and a half bottle of whisky.’
    • ‘They had spent part of the evening with him at a local man's home where the host had produced a bottle of whisky.’
    • ‘A single blended brand can contain as many as 75 different straight whiskies and neutral spirits.’
    • ‘Vodka, though, continues to be the spirit of the hour, outselling gin and close to whisky.’
    • ‘He did not follow a strict diet but cut out beer, whisky and cakes for the 40 days of Lent.’
    • ‘Vintner receipts show he bought dozens of bottles of cognac and a similar amount of whisky.’
    • ‘The vodka and whisky is flowing and it's just about time to chill out on the sofa with a good film.’
    • ‘They do have some local beers and whisky and a range of soft drinks and juices, however.’
    • ‘Staff gave her a choice of gin, vodka or whisky, before she was given two cupfuls to drink immediately.’
    • ‘He took a sip of the whiskey as a waiter placed a tray of appetizers on their table.’
    • ‘Orkney's Highland Park whisky has come out top in a competition run by Whisky Magazine.’
    • ‘Drinks range from fine rums and whiskies to brandy, while art works and coffee table books add to an ambience of exclusive sophistication.’
    • ‘She knew when her father came in and she smelled the whiskey that this had to happen tonight.’
    • ‘Food-wise you can order Thai green curries or braised shank of lamb while the drinks, though pricey, run the gamut from fine cognacs and whiskeys to classic Martinis and shots.’
    • ‘Over a whiskey in the bar at the Hilton Hotel in Wilmington we chatted about music.’
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  • 2A code word representing the letter W, used in radio communication.

    • ‘I AM EN I SPELL ECHO NOVEMBER EN ROUTE I SPELL ROMEO OSCAR UNIFORM TANGO ECHO ROUTE TO I SPELL TANGO OSCAR TO YOUR LOCATION WITH TWO I SPELL TANGO WHISKEY OSCAR TWO ANTENNAS PERIOD.’

Usage

Is it whiskey or whisky? Note that the British and Canadian spelling is without the e, so that properly one would write of Scotch whisky and Canadian whisky, but Kentucky bourbon whiskey and Irish whiskey

Origin

Early 18th century: abbreviation of obsolete whiskybae, variant of usquebaugh.

Pronunciation

whiskey

/ˈ(h)wɪski//ˈ(h)wiskē/