1. from Russian vodka, literally "little water," from voda "water" (see water) + diminutive suffix -ka.
- vodka:  Vodka denotes etymologically ‘little water’. The word was borrowed at the beginning of the 19th century from Russian vodka, which is a diminutive form of voda ‘water’. And voda came from the same Indo-European source (*wedōr, *wodōr) as produced English water. The euphemistic application of the term water to distilled spirits is also responsible for eau de vie and whisky, both of which mean literally ‘water of life’.
- vodka (n.)
- 1802, from Russian vodka, literally "little water," diminutive of voda "water" (from PIE *wod-a-, from root *wed- (1) "water, wet;" see water (n.1)) + diminutive suffix -ka.
- 1. Oscar, much the worse for vodka, did a striptease.
- 2. Sales of Russian vodka have reached an all-time high.
- 3. Taggart debated whether to have yet another double vodka.
- 4. He bought two bottles of vodka on account.
- 5. The vodka was the genuine article.
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