quaff

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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Verb[edit]

quaff ‎(third-person singular simple present quaffs, present participle quaffing, simple past and past participle quaffed)

  1. To drink or imbibe with vigour or relish; to drink copiously; to swallow in large draughts.
    • Shakespeare
      quaffed off the muscadel
    • Milton
      They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet / Quaff immortality and joy.

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Noun[edit]

quaff ‎(plural quaffs)

  1. The act of quaffing, a deep draught.
  2. Misspelling of coif.
    • 2013 June 19, Sarah Romanowski, “status update”, Twitter:
      I'm actually gonna miss @sreizis and seeing him and his perfectly groomed quaff everyday in every class.
    • 2014 January 19, Ryan Arciero, “Miley Cyrus new hair: Bowl cut a fresh style for singer, mixed reactions so far”, Examiner.com:
      The Miley Cyrus new hair photos reveal the former Hannah Montana star sporting a bowl cut of sorts that isn’t receiving all good news at this point. Cyrus revealed her new quaff this Tuesday with friends while relaxing outside a local Los Angeles recording studio.

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