Definition of quaff in English:


Pronunciation /kwɒf//kwɑːf/


[with object]
  • Drink (something, especially an alcoholic drink) heartily.

    ‘he quaffed pint after pint of good Berkshire ale’
    • ‘There are usually clusters of them sitting at the cosy bar or one of the red-and-white checked tables, quaffing rich Medoc or chilled Chardonnay while munching black olives and thick slices of country pâté on fresh baguettes.’
    • ‘Irish people, North and South, guzzled their way through £600m worth of soft drinks last year, quaffing 729m litres of their favourite non-alcoholic tipples in the process.’
    • ‘While some may chose to spend that season lazing beside rivers and quaffing champagne, the more discerning amongst us elect for the greensward and the thrill of clattering wickets.’
    • ‘Upstairs at Comptons was closed so after quaffing a quick pint on the stairs, the Townswomen's Guild retired to the more sedate surrounds of The Yard's loft bar.’
    • ‘South Africa is a sport-mad country and the loss of another sportsman is noticeable and the subject of much mournful debate whilst quaffing beer at the local.’
    • ‘Firstly, the youth of today do not understand the meaning of the word temperance, an extra hour's drinking will simply mean an extra four pints of premium strength lager quaffed by these hedonistic louts.’
    • ‘As ever Debbie put on a lovely spread of food, and there was much alcohol to be quaffed merrily, including one of the most potent punches ever, and cocktails.’
    • ‘At fashionable Bailey's, for example, they flow out of the pub and into the streets, quaffing pints of stout; on Camden Street, the scene is repeated in new clubs like Mono and Planet Murphy.’
    • ‘Polished young things quaffed wine from oversized goblets, occasionally making a grab for the trays of mini-burgers and chicken satay being passed around by impeccably dressed waiters.’
    • ‘Pubs were packed and main sponsors Guinness reckoned up to 200,000 pints will be quaffed during the festival.’
    • ‘Since they have never bothered to go and see what it is like, or to read the Burns Report, they cling to laughable nineteenth-century pictures of red-faced squires quaffing sherries handed to them by forelock-tugging serfs.’
    • ‘A few nights ago, after viewing one of these, I was quaffing beer in Bombay Peggy's and learned that every one of the four women at the table happened to live on the other side of a river, either the Yukon or the Klondike.’
    • ‘Needless to say, quite a few small sherries were quaffed and a grand time was had by all.’
    • ‘Frankly, however, awards ceremonies do not constitute entertainment of any value, unless you are actually there quaffing the pricey champagne (and even then, it's debatable).’
    • ‘There were two public houses, the ‘Rockingham Arms’ and the ‘George and Dragon’ where the estate workers used to meet and socialize after work, quaffing a few pints of ale in the process.’
    • ‘Tom enjoyed just three frothy pints, and he wisely quaffed a liter of H20 before bed.’
    • ‘Best bet is to join the Danes in doing what comes naturally - sitting outside the plentiful restaurants in and around the main square quaffing the local lager and sampling the quite acceptable fast food.’
    • ‘Sailors on shore leave walk through the weathered Venetian old town, quaffing beer or haggling over souvenirs or avoiding the pitch of waiters trying to lure them into seaside cafés.’
    • ‘As McLeish and his players quaffed the inevitable champagne last night, no-one was entitled to question their bottle.’
    • ‘I'll be thinking of these good-hearted people when I'm quaffing champagne, honest!’
    drink, swallow, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, slurp, attack, down, drink down, drink up, force down, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, imbibe, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sup, sip, lap
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dated, informal
  • An alcoholic drink.

    ‘porter is a dark, malty quaff’
    • ‘Try it with other tropical purées, such as passion fruit or guava, and you've got some ideal summer quaffs.’
    • ‘There's nothing so complex about the wine itself, which like the Shiraz/ Malbec is a good value quaff.’
    • ‘Flashing a parole identification card, the wiry Drummondville native explains that although he'd like to sample the occasional quaff in a pub, he'll have to wait until age 69 before he can.’
    • ‘This delicious quaff is made from Ponchatoula strawberries and fresh lemons.’
    • ‘If you mix three different rums with four kinds of fruit juice, the chances that the finished product will be a pleasant quaff are pretty good.’
    • ‘For a simpler lunchtime quaff I'd opt for the red Domaine Herbouze Côtes due Rhône 2000, which is soft and slightly peppery.’
    • ‘Among whites, the traditional vinho verde is a summer quaff with practically electric acidity.’
    • ‘The first drink you'll find here is Summer Berries, a non-alcoholic quaff, though I'm sure it would also work well with a lot of rum, tequila, gin, or vodka.’
    alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, liquor, intoxicant
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Early 16th century: probably imitative of the sound of drinking.