Variant of quench
- to extinguish; put out: to quench fire with water
- to overcome; subdue; suppress
- to satisfy; slake: to quench one's thirst
- to cool (hot steel, etc.) suddenly by plunging into water, oil, or the like
Origin: Middle English quenchen from Old English cwencan, to extinguish, causative of cwincan, to go out, akin to Frisian kwinka, Middle High German verquinen, to pass away from Indo-European base an unverified form gwey-, to complain, weep
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