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quaff

[kwof, kwaf, kwawf] /kwɒf, kwæf, kwɔf/
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
1515-1525
1515-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
quaffer, noun
outquaff, verb (used with object)
unquaffed, adjective
Synonyms
1. swallow, gulp, swig, guzzle.
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Examples for quaff
  • They quaff Portuguese vinho in pubs.
  • Prosecco is not a special-occasion quaff; it's a refresher, especially on a warm summer afternoon or evening.
  • Tourists quaff large amounts of the stuff but these days they are drinking cheaper, if not less.
  • Hot chocolate, the quintessential winter quaff, deserves the best ingredients and a knowledgeable maker.
  • However, the quaff of choice at the bar seemed to be beer.
  • Many drink beer, but few quaff the organic kind.
  • Best of all is hot tea, poured generously, and a welcome quaff on a cold winter's night.
  • But as with so much of wine lore, the notion of Beaujolais as a simple quaff needs to be put to sleep.
  • People quaff two servings a day, double the national average.
  • Reduction or elimination of the alcohol tax would certainly make it easier for folks to have that daily quaff or two.
British Dictionary definitions for quaff

quaff

/kwɒf; kwɑːf/
verb
1.
to drink heartily or in one draught
Derived Forms
quaffable, adjective
quaffer, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German quassen to eat or drink excessively
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Word Origin and History for quaff
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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