Monday, August 10, 2009


Definition: (from
-verb (used without object)
1. to drink a beverage, esp. an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment
-verb (used with object)
2. to drink (a beverage) copiously and heartily
3. an act or instance of quaffing
4. a beverage quaffed

"Most of the party he was at the bar quaffing beer."
"Officer, I do not drink alcohol, I quaff."

Origin: (from
"1510s (implied in quaffer), perhaps imitative, or perhaps from Low German quassen 'to overindulge (in food and drink),' with -ss- misread as -ff-. Related: Quaffed; quaffing. The noun is attested by 1570s, from the verb."

Awkwardness rating: 5

I'm too refined to drink. I quaff. (

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