quaff

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verb \ˈkwäf, ˈkwaf\

Definition of quaff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to drink deeply

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

quaff

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quaffer

noun

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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

Recent Examples of quaff from the Web

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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

origin unknown


QUAFF Defined for English Language Learners

quaff

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Definition of quaff for English Language Learners

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


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