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[kwof, kwaf, kwawf] /kwɒf, kwæf, kwɔf/
verb (used without object)
to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
verb (used with object)
to drink (a beverage) copiously and heartily:
We spent the whole evening quaffing ale.
an act or instance of quaffing.
a beverage quaffed.
Origin of quaff
First recorded in 1515-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
quaffer, noun
outquaff, verb (used with object)
unquaffed, adjective
1. swallow, gulp, swig, guzzle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quaffed
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  • To no purpose had he quaffed draughts of pure cold water, extinguished his torch, and resolved to force his faculties into repose.

    Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • Jim quaffed the vile spirit and fastened the chin-strap of his cap.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • Besides, he was growing quite free and easy, quaffed his dram, and ogled the fair sex.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • Wherever there was a knot of midnight roisterers, they quaffed her health.

  • “Well, you yachtsmen do live like princes,” quoth the young gentleman, as he quaffed his cool claret.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • Yes, all his evil came from that laugh of hers which he had quaffed.

  • I sat by the fire-end and quaffed my ale, no one saying more to me for a little than "There you are!"

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • And this very day, in token thereof, have we quaffed the bedden-ale 27.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • How could he have quaffed from other cups after having pressed his lips to that one?

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • He quaffed to the bottom of the cup, then flung it from him.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
British Dictionary definitions for quaffed


/kwɒf; kwɑːf/
to drink heartily or in one draught
Derived Forms
quaffable, adjective
quaffer, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German quassen to eat or drink excessively
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Word Origin and History for quaffed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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