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.
- To drink or imbibe with vigour or relish; to drink copiously; to swallow in large draughts.
- quaffed off the muscadel
- They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet / Quaff immortality and joy.
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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 drink or imbibe
to sip a wine for itself
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quaff (plural quaffs)
- The act of quaffing, a deep draught.
- Misspelling of coif.
2014 January 19, Ryan Arciero, “Miley Cyrus new hair: Bowl cut a fresh style for singer, mixed reactions so far”, in 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.