de·​caf ˈdē-ˌkaf How to pronounce decaf (audio)
: 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 Methylene chloride has long been commonly used in the decaf industry, but some companies have added alternative methods to their toolbox or suspended use entirely. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 Unfortunately, the decaf options are limited to water, juices, and lemonade. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 4 Feb. 2024 While my options are somewhat complicated by a medical requirement to drink decaf, many purveyors of fine beans offer a decaf French Roast, which suits my needs well. Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 8 Sep. 2023 The tone of the post is earnest, sweeping, and dramatic — very consistent with that of r/decaf in general, a subreddit with more than 40,000 members who have all embarked on the quest to give up caffeine. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2024 Try Key West Sunrise for a medium to dark roast or Smooth Sailing for decaf. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Nov. 2023 With over 400 possibilities to choose from, the selection includes blends, single-origin options, and decaf. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Chicken thighs, jasmine rice, Bigelow decaf green tea, Trader Joe’s raw honey, Jif creamy peanut butter, gluten-free oats, cucumbers, celery, canned tuna, Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 2 Nov. 2023 Those who asked for decaf got theirs from the orange-rimmed carafe, and those who asked for hi-test – alas the brown rim did not stand for anything. Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2023

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Word History


short for decaffeinated

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decaf was in 1956

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“Decaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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de·​caf ˈdē-ˌkaf How to pronounce decaf (audio)
: decaffeinated coffee

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