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Attested since the mid 16th century, of uncertain origin. Suggestions include connection with Irish Gaelic cauch (“cup”) (whence Scots quaich, queff). The noun is derived from the verb, since the later 16th century.
- (UK) IPA: /kwɒf/, X-SAMPA: /kwQf/
- (US) IPA: /kwɑf/, /kwɔf/, X-SAMPA: /kwAf/, /kwOf/
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- Rhymes: -ɒf
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- 1594 — Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew i 2
- Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, / And quaff carouses to our mistress' health
- 1667 — John Milton, Paradise Lost Book V
- They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
- Quaff immortality and joy...
- 1845 — Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
- Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!
- 1852 — Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
- Even while quaffing the third draught of the Fountain of Youth, they were almost awed by the expression of his mysterious visage.
- (wine terminology): food pairing
to sip a wine for itself
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quaff (plural quaffs)
- The act of quaffing, a deep draught.