[ kwof, kwaf, kwawf ]
/ kwɒf, kwæf, kwɔf /
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
It makes you wonder what Stalin would do if he could see visitors quaffing Veuve Cliquot in this historic spot.
A leathern pitcher, called a black jack, used by our homely ancestors for quaffing their ale.
In that sacrifice Indra became intoxicated with quaffing the Soma, and the Brahmanas, with the gifts they received.
"Very good cause for suspicion, sir," said the man at the table, quaffing a large glass of wine.
Only the king sat calm and fearless with his bishop and priests, quaffing the nut-brown mead.
And in the clinking of the glasses, and the quaffing of their favorite beverages, the new link of friendship was forged.
British Dictionary definitions for quaff
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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