Definition of usquebaugh in English:

usquebaugh

noun

Scottish, Irish
  • [mass noun] Whisky.

    • ‘Usquebaugh is a very celebrated cordial.’
    • ‘In our English language the word is derived from the Gaelic word ‘uisge beatha’ or ‘usquebaugh’ which means ‘water of life‘.’
    • ‘The air is temperately cold and moist, and for a corrective the natives use a dose of usquebaugh.’
    • ‘This book even shows the origins of aqua vitae, akvavit and usquebaugh, all very important substances today!’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Irish and Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha water of life; compare with whisky.

Pronunciation

usquebaugh

/ˈʌskwɪbɔː/