Simple Definition of quaff
: to drink a large amount of (something) quickly
Full Definition of quaff
: to drink deeply
: to drink (a beverage) deeply
Examples of quaff in a sentence
We stopped at a bar and quaffed a few beers.
<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
First Known Use: 1523
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