overproof

adjective

over·​proof ˌō-vər-ˈprüf How to pronounce overproof (audio)
: containing more alcohol than proof spirit

Examples of overproof in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bread containing yeast tends to rise fast and overproof at higher altitudes. Nik Pugmire, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2023 Standout drinks include the Voodoo cocktail, with rhum agricole, overproof rum, aged rum, blood orange, white peach, lemon, and absinthe. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 29 June 2023 Devotional items on one altar include machetes, goat horns, dice and a small bottle of overproof white rum. Text By Nicole Dennis-Benn, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023 One of the most unique cocktails, the Tejuino, is a complex and boozy blend of Mexican corn whiskey, overproof rum, lime juice, piloncillo, and masa that the team fermented in-house with koji, typically used to make sake. Emma Balter, Chron, 23 Feb. 2023 Another top seller at the hotel, made for two, includes Grand Marnier orange liqueur, clove syrup and overproof whiskey, plus lemon and honey. Kara Newman, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2020 Instead, there’s a bitter wallop of rum, courtesy of Rum-Bar White overproof rum and Clément Agricole. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 CH Distillery makes an unaged rum, and Tailwinds Distilling Company in Plainfield has built its brand on Taildragger, a lineup that includes a white rum, an amber rum aged for at least two years, a coffee rum, and an overproof dark rum. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, 19 Oct. 2017 Colonial tastes a lot like very old, overproof rum— Christopher Null, WIRED, 8 Apr. 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overproof was in 1807

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“Overproof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overproof. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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