Adam's ale

Adam's ale

Meaning
  • Water
Origin

Adam's ale is water, this being all that Adam had to drink in Eden. The phrase is thought to have been introduced by the Puritans. Hyamson refers to a work by Prynne entitled Sovereign Power of Parliament (1643) to support this theory.

Example Sentences

A cup of cold Adam from the next purling brook. - THOMAS BROW N, Works, 1760.

Adam's ale, about the only gift that has descended undefiled from the Garden of Eden.  - EMERY A. STORRS. Adam's Ale, 1875.

Usage

Literary and jocular

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