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.
Word Origin 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.