Definition of quaff
: to drink deeply
: to drink (a beverage) deeply
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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
Recent Examples of quaff from the Web
Goodbye, stews of winter; so long, heavy concoctions to quaff.
These range from dry, barely carbonated Asturian brews meant for quaffing to some seriously funky, sour ciders from the Basque Country.
Movie fans can already save money at discount theaters and quaff chardonnay with their lava cake in luxury theaters.
The rich, meanwhile, are dressed in bright vintage pastels with hair quaffed to perfection.
MOSCOW — The champagne toasts that some Russian officials quaffed just a few short months ago to celebrate the victory of Donald J. Trump have gone a bit flat.
Later in the day, folks flocked to Alameda’s Pacific Pinball Museum Annex for Pinball and Pints, putting their best arcade skills to the test while quaffing more than 20 brews.
There a customer can quaff a local brew and learn about the production process.
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Quaff and Slug
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: 1523See Words from the same year
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Definition of quaff for English Language Learners
: to drink a large amount of (something) quickly
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