Quaff Quaff, v. i. To drink largely or luxuriously. [1913 Webster]

Twelve days the gods their solemn revels keep, And quaff with blameless Ethiops in the deep. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Quaff — Quaff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quaffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quaffing}.] [For quach, fr. Gael. & Ir. cuach a drinking cup; cf. L. caucus a drinking vessel. Cf. {Quaigh}.] To drink with relish; to drink copiously of; to swallow in large draughts.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quaff — quaff·er; quaff·ing·ly; quaff; …   English syllables

  • quaff — index carouse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • quaff — [kwɔf, kwa:f US kwa:f, kwæf] v [T] literary to drink a lot of something quickly = ↑knock back ▪ Wedding guests quaffed champagne …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quaff — [ kwaf ] verb transitive MAINLY LITERARY to drink something quickly or with a lot of enjoyment …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • quaff — (v.) 1510s (implied in quaffer), perhaps onomatopoeic, or perhaps from Low Ger. quassen to overindulge (in food and drink), with ss misread as ff . Related: Quaffed; quaffing. The noun is from 1570s …   Etymology dictionary

  • quaff — [v] drink down down, gulp, guzzle, imbibe, ingurgitate, partake, sip, sup, swallow, swig, swill, toss; concept 169 Ant. eject …   New thesaurus

  • quaff — ► VERB ▪ drink heartily. DERIVATIVES quaffable adjective quaffer noun. ORIGIN probably imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • quaff — [kwäf, kwaf] vt., vi. [Early ModE, prob. (by misreading of ss as ff ) < LowG quassen, to overindulge (in food and drink)] to drink deeply in a hearty or thirsty way n. 1. the act of quaffing 2. a drink that is quaffed quaffer n …   English World dictionary

  • quaff — UK [kwɒf] / US [kwɑf] verb [transitive] Word forms quaff : present tense I/you/we/they quaff he/she/it quaffs present participle quaffing past tense quaffed past participle quaffed mainly literary to drink something quickly or with a lot of… …   English dictionary

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