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 confused

schnapps 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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