SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. noun an act or instance of quaffing. a beverage quaffed. Origin of quaff
First recorded in
1515–25; origin uncertain Related forms quaff·er, noun out·quaff, verb (used with object) un·quaffed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for quaffer Historical Examples of quaffer British Dictionary definitions for quaffer verb to drink heartily or in one draught Derived Forms quaffable, adjective quaffer, 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 quaffer 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.
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