Part of speech: verb

To drink freely.

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Usage examples "quaff":

  1. These arbours afforded us both shade and refreshment; I fell upon the clusters which formed our ceiling, like a native of the north, unused to such luxuriance: one of those Goths which Gray so poetically describes, who " Scent the new fragrance of the breathing rose, And quaff the pendent vintage as it grows." - "Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents", William Beckford.
  2. She has vassals to attend her: She will bring, in spite of frost, Beauties that the earth hath lost; 30 She will bring thee, all together, All delights of summer weather; All the buds and bells of May, From dewy sward or thorny spray All the heaped Autumn's wealth, With a still, mysterious stealth: She will mix these pleasures up Like three fit wines in a cup, And thou shalt quaff it:- thou shalt hear Distant harvest- carols clear; 40 Rustle of the reaped corn; Sweet birds antheming the morn: And, in the same moment- hark! - "Keats: Poems Published in 1820", John Keats.
  3. So when that Angel of the darker Drink At last shall find you by the river- brink, And, offering his Cup, invite your Soul Forth to your Lips to quaff- you shall not shrink. - "Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan", Anonymous.