- to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
- 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
Examples from the Web for quaffing
It was quaffing from the fountain-head, not from streams of the imitation of imitation.
Quaffing nectar at mess with gods golden dishes, all ambrosial.Ulysses
The patriarchal Bacchus quaffing in his antediluvian vineyard!My Miscellanies, Vol. 1 (of 2)
To an onlooker they appear to be quaffing the flattest part of the sport, having missed all its head and froth.The Thames
G. E. Mitton
Quaffing it down, and betaking himself to bed, under its somniferous influence, the Wye waterman is soon in the land of dreams.Gwen Wynn
- to drink heartily or in one draught
Word Origin and History for quaffing
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.