toddy toddy



noun, plural tod·dies.

  1. a drink made of alcoholic liquor and hot water, sweetened and sometimes spiced with cloves.
  2. the drawn sap, especially when fermented, of any of several toddy palms, used as a drink.

noun plural -dies

  1. a drink made from spirits, esp whisky, with hot water, sugar, and usually lemon juice
    1. the sap of various palm trees (toddy or wine palms), used as a beverage
    2. the liquor prepared from this sap
  2. (in Malaysia) a milky-white sour alcoholic drink made from fermented coconut milk, drunk chiefly by Indians

1610s, alteration of taddy (1610s), tarrie (c.1600) “beverage made from fermented palm sap,” from Hindi tari “palm sap” (in which the -r- sounds close to an English -d-), from tar “palm tree,” from Sanskrit tala-s, probably from a Dravidian language (cf. Kannada tar, Telugu tadu). Meaning “beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices” first recorded 1786.

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