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Friday, September 09, 2005

Definitions for quaff

  1. to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
  2. to drink (a beverage) copiously and heartily: We spent the whole evening quaffing ale.
  3. an act or instance of quaffing.

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Citations for quaff
I have heard that Papa ... never dined alone for twenty-seven years and three quarters, and rather than be without company he would sit and laugh and quaff with the horrid bailiffs who often arrested him. William Makepeace Thackeray, "The Lion Huntress of Belgravia," Punch, August and September, 1850
Tonight we will quaff this nectar, which, I assure you, could not be bought with gold. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance, 1852
Origin of quaff
1515-1525
Quaff is of uncertain origin. It entered English in the early 1500s.