But is his quaff really as provocative a fashion statement as Mel says it is?
Life tastes much the same, whether we quaff it from a golden goblet or drink it out of a stone mug.
He handed Carpenter a glass and each drank off his cocktail at a quaff.
The champagne seemed to flow in fountains, and was only interrupted that the guests might quaff Burgundy or taste Tokay.
Strollers come from the town to quaff the freshening breeze.
I rest under the shade of the corozo palm, and quaff the wine of the acrocomia.
Every morsel and every quaff sharpened the craving for more.
We put the cup of pleasure to our lips, and quaff, instead of cooling draughts, the fiery flashes of searing excess.
Did they quaff it in full draughts or did they inhale it through calumets?
Then it is pleasant to you to eat the roasted meats, and to quaff cups of sweet wine, as long as ye please.
1510s (implied in quaffer), perhaps imitative, or perhaps from Low German quassen "to overindulge (in food and drink)," with -ss- misread as -ff-. Related: Quaffed; quaffing. The noun is attested by 1570s, from the verb.