Etymology
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schnapps (n.)

1818, a kind of Holland gin or a strong, colorless spirit resembling it, from German Schnaps, literally "a mouthful, gulp," from Low German snaps, from snappen "to snap" (see snap (v.)). For sense, compare nip for "alcoholic drink quickly taken." Used in 19c. for "spiritous liquor of any sort;" the flavored varieties are modern.

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Definitions of schnapps

schnapps (n.)
any of various strong liquors especially a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes;
Synonyms: schnaps
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