Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

USQUEBAE, n. Also usquabae, usquebea, -bey, usquibae; usqueba, usquba (Sc. 1732 Chrons. Atholl and Tullibardine Families II. 385), usk(e)yba (Per. 1746 T. L. K. Oliphant Lairds of Gask (1870) 140, 157), usqueba(g)h, -baugh, and, after the modern spelling, whiskybae (Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 98), whisquybeath (Sth. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 III. 525), and reduced forms usqu(a)e, usky, ¶husque (Sc. 1737 R. Chambers Dom. Annals (1861) III. 528). Earlier forms of Whisky, q.v., now only arch. or liter. [′uskɪbe] Hebr. 1703 M. Martin Descr. W. Islands 3: Their plenty of corn was such, as disposed the natives to brew several sorts of liquor, as common Usquebaugh. Sc. 1706  Te Address fer te Fishers on te Highland Coasts 7:
It will mak Usquebae dear.
Edb. 1727  Caled. Mercury (27 July):
Highland Usquebaugh or Aquavitae at 16 Pence a Pint.
Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 203:
Drinking roundly Rum and Claret, Ale and Usquae.
n.Sc. c.1730  E. Burt Letters (1815) II. 74:
My merchants moved the usky vessels before them.
Ayr. 1790  Burns Tam o' Shanter 108:
Wi' usquabae, we'll face the Devil!
Sc. 1824  Scott Redgauntlet xx.:
I think ye might as weel have offered me a glass of brandy or usquabae.
Lnk. 1867  J. M. Peacock Reverie 60:
'Tis usquebaugh, from our own old Highland still.
Sc. 1893  Stevenson Catriona xvi.:
A flask of usquebaugh.
Per. 1895  R. Ford Tayside Songs 57:
There's usquebae, an' kebbucks rife.
Sc. 1920  D. Rorie Auld Doctor 6:
He dined each day on the usquebae An' he washed it doon wi' haggis.

Hence ¶semi-usquebaeism, semi-intoxication, inebriation. Edb. 1894  J. W. M'Laren Tibbie and Tam 112:
The sicht o' the company in a state o' semi-usquebaeism was sad to see.

[O.Sc. iskie bae, id., 1583, Gael., Ir. uisge beatha, water of life, aquavitae, whisky. The forms in -baugh, also found in E.M.E., represent the Ir. pronunciation.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Usquebae n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Jul 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/usquebae>

25654

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: