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quaff

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verb \ˈkwäf, ˈkwaf\

Simple Definition of quaff

  • : to drink a large amount of (something) quickly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quaff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to drink deeply

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to drink (a beverage) deeply

quaff

noun

quaffer

noun

Examples of quaff in a sentence

  1. We stopped at a bar and quaffed a few beers.

  2. <after digging our car out of the snowdrift, we were ready to quaff some hot chocolate>



Did You Know?

Nowadays, quaff has an old-fashioned, literary sound to it. For more contemporary words that suggest drinking a lot of something, especially in big gulps and in large quantity, you might try drain, pound, or slug. If you are a daintier drinker, you might say that you prefer to sip, imbibe or partake in the beverage of your choice. Quaff is by no means the oldest of these terms - earliest evidence of it in use is from the early 1500s, whereas sip dates to the 14th century - but it is the only one with the mysterious "origin unknown" etymology.

Origin and Etymology of quaff

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1523


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