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or schnaps

[shnahps, shnaps] /ʃnɑps, ʃnæps/
(in Europe) any strong, dry spirit, as slivovitz, aquavit, or kirsch.
a drink of schnapps.
Origin of schnapps
1810-20; < German, < Dutch or Low German snaps literally, gulp, mouthful, derivative of snappen to snap
Can be confused
schnapps, snaps. Unabridged
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  • He left her and returned shortly with a small glass of schnapps.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • So, too, it may be that the Puritan was saved by rum, and the Hollander by schnapps.

  • There was a Low Country fellow there, waist deep in schnapps, and a Finlander sucking strong beer like a hog.

    Marjorie Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • I promised the worthy fellow a glass of schnapps for his pains.

    Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray
  • That feller's idee of entertaining a customer is to go into Wasserbauer's and to drink all the schnapps in stock.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • He was very fond of schnapps, whilst I hated the smell of the stuff.

  • It is a wonder to me how he can do it, for the schnapps is almost pure alcohol, and burns the throat terribly.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • I dassen't do nothing, Mawruss, I dassen't touch coffee or schnapps.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • They beat me, they mock me; the sergeants shriek for schnapps and money.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • All I want is a light for my lanthorn, and a glass of schnapps, if thou hast it.'

British Dictionary definitions for schnapps


a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
(in Germany) any strong spirit
Word Origin
C19: from German Schnaps, from schnappen to snap
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Word Origin and History for schnapps

1818, kind of Holland gin, from German Schnaps, literally "a mouthful, gulp," from Low German snaps, from snappen "to snap" (see snap (v.)). For sense, cf. nip for "alcoholic drink quickly taken."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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