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noun \ˈsmōk\

Simple Definition of smoke

  • : the cloud of black, gray, or white gases and dust that is produced by burning something

  • : a cigarette, cigar, etc. : something that people smoke

  • : the act of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.

Full Definition of smoke

  1. 1a :  the gaseous products of burning materials especially of organic origin made visible by the presence of small particles of carbonb :  a suspension of particles in a gas

  2. 2a :  a mass or column of smokeb :  smudge

  3. 3 :  fume or vapor often resulting from the action of heat on moisture

  4. 4 :  something of little substance, permanence, or value

  5. 5 :  something that obscures

  6. 6a (1) :  something (as a cigarette) to smoke (2) :  marijuana 2b :  an act of smoking tobacco; especially :  a smoking break

  7. 7a :  a pale blueb :  any of the colors of smoke

  8. 8 :  pitches that are fastballs <if a guy's going to hit you…he certainly isn't going to throw a spitter—he gives you smoke — Tony Conigliaro>

smoke·less play \ˈsmō-kləs\ adjective
smoke·like play \ˈsmōk-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of smoke

  1. Smoke from the campfire stung my eyes.

  2. We could see black smoke from the house fire.

  3. Can I bum a few smokes off you?

Origin of smoke

Middle English, from Old English smoca; akin to Old English smēocan to emit smoke, Middle High German smouch smoke, and probably to Greek smychein to smolder

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of smoke

  • : to suck the smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc., into your mouth and lungs and then exhale it

  • : to produce smoke

  • : to use smoke to flavor and preserve (food, such as meat, cheese, or fish)

Full Definition of smoke


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to emit or exhale smokeb :  to emit excessive smoke

  3. 2 archaic :  to undergo punishment :  suffer

  4. 3 :  to spread or rise like smoke

  5. 4 :  to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco; especially :  to smoke tobacco habitually

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1a :  fumigateb :  to drive (as mosquitoes) away by smokec :  to blacken or discolor with smoke <smoked glasses>d :  to cure by exposure to smoke <smoked ham>e :  to stupefy (as bees) by smoke

  8. 2 archaic :  suspect

  9. 3 :  to inhale and exhale the smoke of <smoke a cigarette>

  10. 4 archaic :  ridicule

  11. 5 slang :  kill 1a

  12. 6 slang :  to defeat or surpass decisively

  13. 7 :  to hit (as a baseball) with great force

Examples of smoke

  1. I caught her smoking a cigarette.

  2. He was thrown out of school for smoking marijuana.

  3. She smokes and drinks, but I don't.

  4. Do you mind if I smoke in here?

  5. That old car smokes when you start it up.

  6. the smoking remains of a fire

  7. We smoke our hams over hickory.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of smoke

before 12th century

SMOKE Defined for Kids



noun \ˈsmōk\

Definition of smoke

  1. 1 :  the gas given off by burning materials (as coal, wood, or tobacco) made visible by particles of carbon floating in it

  2. 2 :  the act of drawing in and blowing out the fumes of burning tobacco




Definition of smoke


  1. 1 :  to give out smoke <The fire was still smoking.>

  2. 2 :  to draw in and blow out the fumes of burning tobacco (as in a cigarette)

  3. 3 :  to expose (as meat) to the fumes of burning materials to give flavor and keep from spoiling

smok·er noun

Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈsmōk\

Medical Definition of smoke


  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco; especially :  to smoke tobacco habitually

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to inhale and exhale the smoke of <smoked 30 cigarettes a day>

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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