- (in Europe) any strong, dry spirit, as slivovitz, aquavit, or kirsch.
- a drink of schnapps.
Origin of schnapps
Examples from the Web for schnapps
You would let a good man die sooner than give him a drop of schnapps.Lord Jim
They beat me, they mock me; the sergeants shriek for schnapps and money.
And if theres a spark of ability or talent in any one, it is extinguished in schnapps.
So, too, it may be that the Puritan was saved by rum, and the Hollander by schnapps.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
I promised the worthy fellow a glass of schnapps for his pains.Barry Lyndon
William Makepeace Thackeray
- a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
- (in Germany) any strong spirit
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."