[ kwof, kwaf, kwawf ]
/ kwɒf, kwæf, kwɔf /

verb (used without object)

to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.

verb (used with object)

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

First recorded in 1515–25; origin uncertain


Related forms

quaff·er, nounout·quaff, verb (used with object)un·quaffed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quaffed


/ (kwɒf, kwɑːf) /


to drink heartily or in one draught

Derived Forms

quaffable, 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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