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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.



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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quaff (plural quaffs)

  1. The act of quaffing, a deep draught.
  2. Misspelling of coif.
    • 2013 June 19, Sarah Romanowski, “status update”, in Twitter[1]:
      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”, in Examiner.com[2]:
      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.