schnaps

schnapps

[shnahps, shnaps]
noun
1.
(in Europe) any strong, dry spirit, as slivovitz, aquavit, or kirsch.
2.
a drink of schnapps.
Also, schnaps.


Origin:
1810–20; < German, < Dutch or Low German snaps literally, gulp, mouthful, derivative of snappen to snap

schnapps, snaps.
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schnapps or schnaps (ʃnæps)
 
n
1.  a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
2.  (in Germany) any strong spirit
 
[C19: from German Schnaps, from schnappen to snap]
 
schnaps or schnaps
 
n
 
[C19: from German Schnaps, from schnappen to snap]

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schnapps
1818, kind of Holland gin, from Ger. Schnaps, lit. "a mouthful, gulp," from Low Ger. snaps, from snappen "to snap" (see snap).
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