[kwof, kwaf, kwawf]
- 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
First recorded in 1515–25; origin uncertain
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1. swallow, gulp, swig, guzzle.
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Examples from the Web for quaffer
Georges Eekhoud is a dramatist, a passionate soul, a quaffer of life and of blood.The Book of Masks
Remy de Gourmont
- to drink heartily or in one draught
C16: perhaps of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German quassen to eat or drink excessively
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Word Origin and History for quaffer
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.
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