Definition of whisky noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English) (US English, Irish English whiskey) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪski//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪski//
    (pl. whiskies, whiskeys) Alcoholic drinks
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a strong alcoholic drink made from malted grain. It is sometimes drunk with water and/or ice. a bottle of whisky Scotch whisky highland whiskies see also bourbon, Scotch See related entries: Alcoholic drinks
  2. 2[countable] a glass of whisky a whisky and soda Two whiskies, please.
  3. see also Scotch
    Word Originearly 18th cent.: abbreviation of obsolete whiskybae, variant of usquebaugh ‘whisky’. Culture Whisky made in Scotland, often called 'Scotch', is made mostly from barley and is usually sold as a blend (= mixture) of several types. A more expensive type of Scotch whisky is single malt, made in the Highlands from a single type of grain. Many people drink whisky mixed with water, soda water or soft drinks (= drinks containing no alcohol) such as ginger ale or cola, while others prefer to drink it with nothing added, or with ice (called on the rocks). Whiskey is the usual spelling for the drink made in Ireland and the US. see also bourbonExtra examples He added a dash of whisky to his coffee. He had a whisky on the rocks. He ordered a beer with a whisky chaser. I’ll have my whisky straight, please. She poured herself a large tot of whisky. a fine malt whisky a large measure of whisky a neat whisky the art of distilling whisky