or schnaps

[ shnahps, shnaps ]
/ ʃnɑps, ʃnæps /


(in Europe) any strong, dry spirit, as slivovitz, aquavit, or kirsch.
a drink of schnapps.

Origin of schnapps

1810–20; < German, < Dutch or Low German snaps literally, gulp, mouthful, derivative of snappen to snap
Can be confusedschnapps snaps Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for schnapps



/ (ʃnæps) /


a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
(in Germany) any strong spirit

Word Origin for schnapps

C19: from German Schnaps, from schnappen to snap
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Word Origin and History for schnapps



1818, kind of Holland gin, from German Schnaps, literally "a mouthful, gulp," from Low German snaps, from snappen "to snap" (see snap (v.)). For sense, cf. nip for "alcoholic drink quickly taken."

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