A man quaffs a beer.
When you guzzle down a beer really fast, this is an example of quaff.
Origin of quaffEarly ModE, probably (by misreading of -ss- as -ff-) from Low German quassen, to overindulge (in food and drink)
- the act of quaffing
- a drink that is quaffed
verbquaffed, quaff·ing, quaffs
Origin of quaffOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present quaffs, present participle quaffing, simple past and past participle quaffed)
- (wine terminology): food pairing
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.