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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahyuh r-waw-ter, -wot-er]
    • /ˈfaɪərˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
    • /ˈfaɪə.wɔː.tə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyuh r-waw-ter, -wot-er]
    • /ˈfaɪərˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/

Definitions of firewater word

  • noun firewater alcoholic drink; liquor. 1
  • noun firewater Strong liquor. 1
  • noun firewater any strong spirit, esp whisky 0
  • noun firewater alcoholic beverage 0
  • noun firewater High proof alcohol, especially whiskey (especially in the context of its sale to or consumption by Native Americans). 0
  • noun firewater High temperature hydraulic condensate discharged from industrial boilers. 0

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Origin of firewater

First appearance:

before 1820
One of the 38% newest English words
1820-30; fire + water; probably a translation of an expression in an Algonquian language, as Ojibwa iškote·wa·po· whiskey (earlier, other distilled liquors), equivalent to iškote·w-, combining form of iškote· fire + -a·po· liquid

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firewater popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for firewater

noun firewater

  • smoke — the visible vapor and gases given off by a burning or smoldering substance, especially the gray, brown, or blackish mixture of gases and suspended carbon particles resulting from the combustion of wood, peat, coal, or other organic matter.
  • liquor — a distilled or spirituous beverage, as brandy or whiskey, as distinguished from a fermented beverage, as wine or beer.
  • drink — to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
  • booze — Booze is alcoholic drink.
  • intoxicant — an intoxicating agent, as alcoholic liquor or certain drugs.

Antonyms for firewater

noun firewater

  • solid — having three dimensions (length, breadth, and thickness), as a geometrical body or figure.

Top questions with firewater

  • what is firewater?
  • what is firewater alcohol?

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