de·​caf | \ ˈdē-ˌkaf How to pronounce decaf (audio) \

Definition of decaf

: decaffeinated coffee

Examples of decaf in a Sentence

Would you like regular coffee or decaf? Can I have a decaf, please?
Recent Examples on the Web Although he was known for the McDonald’s fish sandwich incident, Mr. Uhrin was actually a Dunkin Donuts coffee aficionado — black decaf with a shot of French vanilla, his wife said. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 10 June 2022 My favorite tea is the TAZO decaf lotus blossom green tea. Taylor Dutch, SELF, 26 Jan. 2022 Drinkers of coffee -- both regular and decaf -- have a lower risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 Betty sighed, adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to her decaf. Gish Jen, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 The cart serves single-origin coffees, Peruvian decaf, teas and assorted Bread & Cie pastries, all priced from $5 to $6. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2021 Opt for decaf because caffeine can be a mild diuretic, which negates the hydrating effects. Erin Mayer, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2021 Their most popular item on the Coffee Yan and Paws menu is the pour over, which is available in dark roast, medium roast and decaf. Cristin Espinosa, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 Eventually, by the end of March, Ms. Mir whittled her coffee habit down to 8 ounces of decaf. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of decaf

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decaf

short for decaffeinated

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21 Jun 2022

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“Decaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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