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noun (1)

: alcoholic liquor especially when inferior or illicitly made or obtained


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noun (2)

variants or hootch
: a usually thatched hut
broadly : dwelling

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
There’s no better example of stellar old-school hooch than this. Dan Dunn, Robb Report, 15 Dec. 2020 But whiskey fans love their barrel-proof hooch, and a small subsection are enthralled by these flamethrowerilevel expressions. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 5 Feb. 2023 Old-school Canadian whisky fell out of vogue, and Crown Royal Deluxe went from top-shelf hooch to... Tony Sachs, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Handcrafted from a reclaimed bourbon-barrel head, this mountable liquor dispenser delivers a 1.5-ounce pour of your favorite hooch. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 29 Nov. 2022 Other scofflaws are refilling empty premium bottles with cheap hooch and passing them off as the real thing. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 My preferred place to secure good hooch had labels on the vodka that sounded Russian, noting that Smirnoff was not Rooskie-owned and Stoli was made by a member of NATO! James Lileks, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Saloons were supplanted by speakeasies, complete with secret passwords and off-the-menu hooch. National Geographic, 2 Nov. 2020 Historians say many a drunken citizen slept off the effects of too much hooch while locked up in the jail, located near Madison and Girod streets about four blocks from Lake Pontchartrain. Kim Chatelain | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 11 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

short for hoochinoo, a distilled liquor made by the Hoochinoo (Hutsnuwu) Indians, a Tlingit tribe

Noun (2)

modification of Japanese uchi house

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1897, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hooch was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Hooch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooch. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

variants or Hoogh
Pieter de 1629–after 1684 Dutch painter
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