quaff

[kwof, kwaf, kwawf]
verb (used without object)
1.
to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
verb (used with object)
2.
to drink (a beverage) copiously and heartily: We spent the whole evening quaffing ale.
noun
3.
an act or instance of quaffing.
4.
a beverage quaffed.

Origin:
1515–25; origin uncertain

quaffer, noun
outquaff, verb (used with object)
unquaffed, adjective


1. swallow, gulp, swig, guzzle.
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quaff (kwɒf, kwɑːf)
 
vb
to drink heartily or in one draught
 
[C16: perhaps of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German quassen to eat or drink excessively]
 
'quaffable
 
adj
 
'quaffer
 
n

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quaff
1520 (implied in quaffer), perhaps onomatopoeic, or perhaps from Low Ger. quassen "to overindulge (in food and drink)," with -ss- misread as -ff-. The noun is from 1579.
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Example sentences
In general you had little reason to think that your contemporaries were quaffing sweet nectars that you were not.
Now, if only some small-sided rugby player would get caught quaffing liquid testosterone.
Iowans are drinking more liquor, sipping more wine and quaffing a little more beer.
There are speeches and a considerable quaffing of old-fashioned beer.
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