- 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
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Examples from the Web for quaff
But is his quaff really as provocative a fashion statement as Mel says it is?The 14 Best Mel Remixes
The Daily Beast Video
July 16, 2010
Strollers come from the town to quaff the freshening breeze.The Toll Gatherer's Day (From "Twice Told Tales")
I laugh with them, I quaff with them, I let them rob me; but that's all.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
He must beware how he presume yet to quaff the volatile and fiery spirit.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
He handed Carpenter a glass and each drank off his cocktail at a quaff.The Bishop of Cottontown
John Trotwood Moore
I rest under the shade of the corozo palm, and quaff the wine of the acrocomia.The War Trail
- to drink heartily or in one draught
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.