noun \ˈsmōk\

: 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

a :  the gaseous products of burning materials especially of organic origin made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon
b :  a suspension of particles in a gas
a :  a mass or column of smoke
b :  smudge
:  fume or vapor often resulting from the action of heat on moisture
:  something of little substance, permanence, or value
:  something that obscures
a (1) :  something (as a cigarette) to smoke (2) :  marijuana 2
b :  an act of smoking tobacco; especially :  a smoking break
a :  a pale blue
b :  any of the colors of smoke
:  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 \ˈsmō-kləs\ adjective
smoke·like \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



: 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

intransitive verb
a :  to emit or exhale smoke
b :  to emit excessive smoke
archaic :  to undergo punishment :  suffer
:  to spread or rise like smoke
:  to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco; especially :  to smoke tobacco habitually
transitive verb
a :  fumigate
b :  to drive (as mosquitoes) away by smoke
c :  to blacken or discolor with smoke <smoked glasses>
d :  to cure by exposure to smoke <smoked ham>
e :  to stupefy (as bees) by smoke
archaic :  suspect
:  to inhale and exhale the smoke of <smoke a cigarette>
archaic :  ridicule
slang :  kill 1a
slang :  to defeat or surpass decisively
:  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.

First Known Use of SMOKE

before 12th century


verb \ˈsmōk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SMOKE

intransitive verb
: to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco; especially : to smoke tobacco habitually
transitive verb
: to inhale and exhale the smoke of <smoked 30 cigarettes a day>


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