over·​proof | \ ˌō-vər-ˈprüf How to pronounce overproof (audio) \

Definition of overproof

: containing more alcohol than proof spirit

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Instead, there’s a bitter wallop of rum, courtesy of Rum-Bar White overproof rum and Clément Agricole. Los Angeles Times, "Love tiki drinks? Try this electric blue cocktail at the Formosa Cafe," 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, "North Shore Distillery’s new rum is unlike anything else being made in Illinois," 19 Oct. 2017 Colonial tastes a lot like very old, overproof rum— Christopher Null, WIRED, "This Guy Says He Can Make 20-Year-Old Rum in 6 Days," 8 Apr. 2015

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First Known Use of overproof

1807, in the meaning defined above

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