Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

quaff

[kwof, kwaf, kwawf]
See more synonyms for quaff on Thesaurus.com
verb (used without object)
  1. to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
Show More
verb (used with object)
  1. to drink (a beverage) copiously and heartily: We spent the whole evening quaffing ale.
Show More
noun
  1. an act or instance of quaffing.
  2. a beverage quaffed.
Show More

Origin of quaff

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

Synonyms

See more synonyms for quaff on Thesaurus.com
1. swallow, gulp, swig, guzzle.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for quaffed

Historical Examples

  • 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

quaff

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

Word Origin

C16: perhaps of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German quassen to eat or drink excessively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for quaffed

quaff

v.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper