noun whis·key \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\

: a strong alcoholic drink made from a grain (such as rye, corn, or barley)

plural whiskeys or whiskies

Full Definition of WHISKEY

:  a liquor distilled from fermented wort (as that obtained from rye, corn, or barley mash)
:  a drink of whiskey

Variants of WHISKEY

whis·key or whis·ky \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\

Origin of WHISKEY

Irish uisce beatha & Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, literally, water of life
First Known Use: 1715

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

Rhymes with WHISKEY


Definition of WHISKEY

—a communications code word for the letter w

First Known Use of WHISKEY

WHISKEY Defined for Kids


noun whis·key \ˈhwi-skē, ˈwi-\
plural whis·keys or whis·kies

Definition of WHISKEY for Kids

:  a strong alcoholic drink usually made from grain (as of rye or barley)

Variants of WHISKEY

whis·key or whis·ky \ˈhwi-skē, ˈwi-\
Medical Dictionary


noun whis·key
plural whiskeys or whiskies

Medical Definition of WHISKEY

:  a liquor that is distilled from the fermented mash of grain (as rye, corn, or barley) and was formerly used medicinally as a sedative and vasodilator

Variants of WHISKEY

whis·key or whis·ky \ˈhwis-kē, ˈwis-\
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