One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A spirit distilled from malted grain, especially barley or rye.‘a bottle of whisky’count noun ‘he poured her a stiff whisky’
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- ‘She found a girl lying on a pile of clothes with a bottle of whisky in her hand.’
- ‘He did not follow a strict diet but cut out beer, whisky and cakes for the 40 days of Lent.’
- ‘He went to the bar and ordered a whiskey for him and a screwdriver for her.’
- ‘Drinks range from fine rums and whiskies to brandy, while art works and coffee table books add to an ambience of exclusive sophistication.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some of this will be directed towards America, which is set to become the largest export market for Irish whiskey in 2004.’
- ‘Vodka, though, continues to be the spirit of the hour, outselling gin and close to whisky.’
- ‘A single blended brand can contain as many as 75 different straight whiskies and neutral spirits.’
- ‘Staff gave her a choice of gin, vodka or whisky, before she was given two cupfuls to drink immediately.’
- ‘Orkney's Highland Park whisky has come out top in a competition run by Whisky Magazine.’
- ‘I found the only thing that numbed the pain was whisky, so I began drinking a bottle a day.’
- ‘Maymond later told officers he had had six cans of lager, a bottle of whisky and had smoked a joint.’
- ‘She knew when her father came in and she smelled the whiskey that this had to happen tonight.’
- ‘One night Stephens mixed a vast quantity of sleeping pills with a bottle of whisky.’
- ‘He took a sip of the whiskey as a waiter placed a tray of appetizers on their table.’
- ‘My excessive nerves were rewarded with a hip flask and a half bottle of whisky.’
- ‘They do have some local beers and whisky and a range of soft drinks and juices, however.’
- ‘When they returned home they took bottles of whisky and vodka back with them and another row ensued.’
- ‘The winner will be decided on Sunday and sent a gallon bottle of Famous Grouse 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.’
- ‘Vintner receipts show he bought dozens of bottles of cognac and a similar amount of whisky.’
- ‘We take our water and mix it with malted barley or grain to make a drink called whisky.’
- ‘Over a whiskey in the bar at the Hilton Hotel in Wilmington we chatted about music.’
- ‘The vodka and whisky is flowing and it's just about time to chill out on the sofa with a good film.’
- ‘J&B Rare contains around 40 whiskies including the single malts Knockando and Tamdhu.’
2whiskeyA 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.’
Early 18th century: abbreviation of obsolete whiskybae, variant of usquebaugh.
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