Origin of hoochcontr. of Alaskan Indian; Indic hoochinoo, crude alcoholic liquor made by the Hoochinoo Indians (; from Hutsnuwu, literally , grizzly bear fort)
Origin of hooch; from Japanese uchi, house
- Alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or bootleg liquor: “bootleggers smashed on their own hooch” (Christopher Hitchens).
Origin of hoochShort for hoochinoo, from Hoochinoo, a Tlingit village where illegal liquor was distilled, from Tlingit xutsnuuwú.
Origin of hoochAlteration (perhaps influenced by hut) of Japanese uchi, inside, interior.
Abbreviation of Hootchinoo, name of a specific liquor, from Tlingit Xutsnoowú Ḵwáan, the group that produced it, from Tlingit Hutsnuwu (“grizzly bear fort”), the name of the village on Admiralty Island in which they lived.
Japanese うち (uchi, “house”)