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[kwof, kwaf, kwawf]
verb (used without object)
  1. to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to drink (a beverage) copiously and heartily: We spent the whole evening quaffing ale.
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  1. an act or instance of quaffing.
  2. a beverage quaffed.
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Origin of quaff

First recorded in 1515–25; origin uncertain
Related formsquaff·er, nounout·quaff, verb (used with object)un·quaffed, adjective

Synonyms for quaff

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Related Words for quaffed

sip, swill, imbibe, swig, gulp, guzzle, toss, partake, down, ingurgitate, sup, swallow

Examples from the Web for quaffed

Historical Examples of quaffed

  • Wherever there was a knot of midnight roisterers, they quaffed her health.

    The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • There they talked of the day's shooting as they ate their meat and quaffed their ale.

  • Yes, all his evil came from that laugh of hers which he had quaffed.

  • She quaffed the liquid, and returned the goblet to his hand.

  • I sat by the fire-end and quaffed my ale, no one saying more to me for a little than "There you are!"

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for quaffed


  1. to drink heartily or in one draught
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Derived Formsquaffable, adjectivequaffer, noun

Word Origin for quaff

C16: perhaps of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German quassen to eat or drink excessively
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Word Origin and History for quaffed



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.

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