Definition of quaff in English:

quaff

Pronunciation /kwɒf//kwɑːf/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Drink (something, especially an alcoholic drink) heartily.

    ‘he quaffed pint after pint of good Berkshire ale’
    • ‘Tom enjoyed just three frothy pints, and he wisely quaffed a liter of H20 before bed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'll be thinking of these good-hearted people when I'm quaffing champagne, honest!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘As McLeish and his players quaffed the inevitable champagne last night, no-one was entitled to question their bottle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pubs were packed and main sponsors Guinness reckoned up to 200,000 pints will be quaffed during the festival.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Needless to say, quite a few small sherries were quaffed and a grand time was had by all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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noun

dated, informal
  • An alcoholic drink.

    ‘porter is a dark, malty quaff’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a simpler lunchtime quaff I'd opt for the red Domaine Herbouze Côtes due Rhône 2000, which is soft and slightly peppery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This delicious quaff is made from Ponchatoula strawberries and fresh lemons.’
    • ‘Among whites, the traditional vinho verde is a summer quaff with practically electric acidity.’
    • ‘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.’
    alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, liquor, intoxicant
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Origin

Early 16th century: probably imitative of the sound of drinking.

Pronunciation

quaff

/kwɒf//kwɑːf/