• An alcoholic drink.


  • Drink (something, especially an alcoholic drink) heartily.

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Example Sentences

“We’ll be quaffing bottles of rosé at my birthday party.”

“A New Year’s Eve tradition is to quaff champagne at the stroke of midnight.”

“When you get here, come out to the backyard and help yourself to a quaff.”

Word Origin

Imitative, early 16th century

Why this word?

The exact origin of “quaff” is unknown, but it’s been in use since the 1500s. It’s most likely an imitative word, as the verb “quaff” means to gulp down a beverage, most often an alcoholic drink. The word can also be used as a noun, with “quaff” being both the alcoholic beverage and a hearty sip of said beverage. The next time you’re ready to down a few libations, ask your friends to join you in quaffing.

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