verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of quaff
Examples from the Web for quaffing
"It must only be for a small stake—a single sesterce," said the infatuated youth, quaffing a goblet of wine.Valeria|William Henry Withrow
Quaffing nectar at mess with gods golden dishes, all ambrosial.Ulysses|James Joyce
O'Ganlon procured some pickled fruit and vegetables from a sutler, which I ate voraciously, quaffing the vinegar like wine.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,|George Alfred Townsend
But if our predecessors exceeded us in superfluitie of meats, wee can compare and goe beyond them in drinking and quaffing.
Quaffing it down, and betaking himself to bed, under its somniferous influence, the Wye waterman is soon in the land of dreams.Gwen Wynn|Mayne Reid
Word Origin for quaff
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.