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or schnaps

[shnahps, shnaps] /ʃnɑps, ʃnæps/
(in Europe) any strong, dry spirit, as slivovitz, aquavit, or kirsch.
a drink of schnapps.
Origin of schnapps
1810-20; < German, < Dutch or Low German snaps literally, gulp, mouthful, derivative of snappen to snap
Can be confused
schnapps, snaps. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for schnapps
Historical Examples
  • You would let a good man die sooner than give him a drop of schnapps.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • They beat me, they mock me; the sergeants shriek for schnapps and money.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • And if theres a spark of ability or talent in any one, it is extinguished in schnapps.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • So, too, it may be that the Puritan was saved by rum, and the Hollander by schnapps.

  • I promised the worthy fellow a glass of schnapps for his pains.

    Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray
  • During the evening Wodnicki succeeded in getting some schnapps.

    The Jews of Barnow Karl Emil Franzos
  • He poured himself out a glass of schnapps, ignoring the water.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • He was very fond of schnapps, whilst I hated the smell of the stuff.

  • I dassen't do nothing, Mawruss, I dassen't touch coffee or schnapps.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • “The trouble with him is the schnapps, Jerry,” he explained.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for schnapps


a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
(in Germany) any strong spirit
Word Origin
C19: from German Schnaps, from schnappen to snap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for schnapps

1818, kind of Holland gin, from German Schnaps, literally "a mouthful, gulp," from Low German snaps, from snappen "to snap" (see snap (v.)). For sense, cf. nip for "alcoholic drink quickly taken."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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