from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tall mixed drinks usually made with rum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Various kinds of alcoholic drinks.
  • v. To stir or mix.
  • v. To permute bits.
  • v. To convert portable symbols or positions to memory-dependent pointers during deserialization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ale and beer mixed; also, drink generally.
  • transitive v. To drink; to swill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drink habitually and to excess; swill.
  • n. One of various differently compounded drinks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various tall frothy mixed drinks made usually of rum and lime juice and sugar shaken with ice


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown etymology, 1813. Original sense “alcoholic drink”, possibly a variant of switchel ("a drink of molasses and water, often mixed with rum"), attested 1790, itself of uncertain origin.[2] Possibly influenced by fizz. (Wiktionary)



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