- to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for quaffed
Wherever there was a knot of midnight roisterers, they quaffed her health.The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")
There they talked of the day's shooting as they ate their meat and quaffed their ale.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Yes, all his evil came from that laugh of hers which he had quaffed.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
She quaffed the liquid, and returned the goblet to his hand.Masterpieces of Mystery
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
- to drink heartily or in one draught
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.