verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of quaff
Examples from the Web for quaff
But is his quaff really as provocative a fashion statement as Mel says it is?
There would be no refreshing cup to quaff upon arriving, only water, or at best milk.Biltmore Oswald|J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
Meanwhile the Señora poured me out a cup of aguadiente, touched her lips to it, and handed it to me to quaff.Los Gringos|H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
But this was a luxury that was denied the seamen, who had to quaff it in all its richness.Jack in the Forecastle|John Sherburne Sleeper
This is the "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (Let us quaff from the wine cup o'erflowing).The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
Having long since learned to quaff Japan's fragrant beverage guiltless of milk or sugar, I drain the cup.
British Dictionary definitions for quaff
Word Origin for quaff
Word Origin and History for quaff
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.