[ kwof, kwaf, kwawf ]
/ kwɒf, kwæf, kwɔf /
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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.
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Origin of quaff
First recorded in 1515–25; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM quaffquaffer, nounoutquaff, verb (used with object)un·quaffed, adjective
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How to use quaff in a sentence
In the blue cups of their blossoms the world quaffed oblivion of the ills of life.Child Life In Town And Country|Anatole France
Charlemagne and his companions quaffed all these wines in honour of the King and his daughter, the Princess Helen.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche|Anatole France
Where Knights quaffed cordials, wines and ales, And told their little fairy tales.A Humorous History of England|C. Harrison
Child Stig to the health of his bonny bride quaffed, And forest and meadow delightedly laughed.The Songs of Ranild|Anonymous
"We can fill up on water," remarked Jack, after they had bathed faces and hands and quaffed their fill.Two Boys in Wyoming|Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for quaff
/ (kwɒf, kwɑːf) /
to drink heartily or in one draught
Derived forms of quaffquaffable, 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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