Hooch Definition

ho͝och
noun
Alcoholic liquor; esp., liquor that is of low quality or that is made or obtained illegally.
Webster's New World
Marijuana.
American Heritage
A place to live in; specif., a shack or thatched hut, as in Vietnam.
Webster's New World
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proper name
1629?-84?; Du. painter.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Hooch

Noun

Singular:
hooch
Plural:
hooches

Origin of Hooch

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Short for hoochinoo from Hoochinoo a Tlingit village where illegal liquor was distilled from Tlingit xutsnuuwú

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration (perhaps influenced by hut) of Japanese uchi inside, interior

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Japanese うち (uchi, “house”)

    From Wiktionary

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