chain-smoke

verb, transitive + intransitive \ ˈchān-ˈsmōk \

Definition of chain-smoke

:to smoke something, especially cigarettes, continually
  • … the modest kitchen where she sits chain-smoking at a cluttered table.
  • —Mark Binelli
  • He wore steel-rimmed eyeglasses, chain-smoked cigarettes, and behaved like a cross between General Douglas MacArthur and a movie producer's dream of a dynamic newspaperman.
  • —Russell Baker

chain-smoker

play \-ˌsmō-kər\ noun

First Known Use of chain-smoke

1890



CHAIN-SMOKE Defined for English Language Learners

chain-smoke

verb

Definition of chain-smoke for English Language Learners

  • : to smoke cigarettes continuously one after another


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