\ ˈsmōk How to pronounce smoke (audio) \

Definition of smoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : a mass or column of smoke
b : smudge
3 : fume or vapor often resulting from the action of heat on moisture
4 : something of little substance, permanence, or value
5 : something that obscures
6a(1) : something (such as a cigarette) to smoke
b : an act of smoking tobacco especially : a smoking break
7a : a pale blue
b : any of the colors of smoke
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


smoked; smoking; smokes

Definition of smoke (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to emit or exhale smoke
b : to emit excessive smoke
2 archaic : to undergo punishment : suffer
3 : to spread or rise like smoke
4 : to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco especially : to smoke tobacco habitually

transitive verb

1a : fumigate
b : to drive (something, such as mosquitoes) away by smoke
c : to blacken or discolor with smoke smoked glasses
d : to cure or flavor by exposure to smoke smoked ham They smoked a rack of ribs. … offers, among other things, a flavorful sirloin steak and barbecued smoked chicken.— Andy Birsh
e : to stupefy (insects, such as bees) by smoke
2 archaic : suspect
3 : to inhale and exhale the smoke of smoke a cigarette
4 archaic : ridicule
5 slang : kill sense 1a
6 slang : to defeat or surpass decisively
7 : to hit (something, such as a baseball) with great force

Other Words from smoke


smokeless \ ˈsmō-​kləs How to pronounce smoke (audio) \ adjective
smokelike \ ˈsmōk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce smoke (audio) \ adjective

Examples of smoke in a Sentence

Noun Smoke from the campfire stung my eyes. We could see black smoke from the house fire. Can I bum a few smokes off you? Verb I caught her smoking a cigarette. He was thrown out of school for smoking marijuana. She smokes and drinks, but I don't. Do you mind if I smoke in here? That old car smokes when you start it up. the smoking remains of a fire We smoke our hams over hickory. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dramatic video from the scene showed smoke and flames coming from the pub before the blaze was extinguished. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 13 Aug. 2022 Firefighters and hazardous-materials personnel first responded to large plumes of smoke coming from the rail car around 7:40 p.m. Thursday. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2022 Police and firefighters observed light smoke coming from the front door. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 13 Aug. 2022 There was smoke, but no active fire, when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, Wisniewski said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2022 Crimea is a popular summer holiday destination for Russians and photos after Tuesday's blasts showed plumes of black smoke rising behind busy golden sand beaches. Caroline Radnofsky, NBC News, 11 Aug. 2022 Videos of the explosions Tuesday showed smoke rising from the airbase before at least three blasts and the destruction of at least one warplane, according to the New York Times. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Emergency crews responded to Gore and Lambert streets, near the Twin Cities shopping plaza, after receiving a report of smoke coming out of a manhole there at 5:24 p.m., Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick said in an e-mail. Adam Sennott,, 8 Aug. 2022 Aerial video of the fire shot by Fox11 showed dark smoke billowing from the two-bedroom home. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 6 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Also among the dead were two women who apparently succumbed to smoke inhalation after the Rapiditos Bip Bop convenience store (part of the Oxxo chain) was attacked with a Molotov cocktail. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2022 Later the three stopped by a cul-de-sac nearby Cherry’s residence and prepared to smoke marijuana, according to the report. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 That boat did not catch fire but while crews were on the scene, they were alerted to smoke billowing out of the cabin of the Miss Chris, a 65-foot fishing boat moored nearby, Osswald said. Camilo Fonseca,, 10 Aug. 2022 Her father used to smoke while reading her bedtime stories, and a young Newton-John was intensely drawn to trying cigarettes. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2022 The creators of ‘Euphoria’ didn’t expect teenagers to smoke crack in the bathroom. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The pan will be ready when the oil in the pan begins to smoke lightly. Nik Pugmire, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 If nothing else, the ability to smoke tires is an indication of the potency of the most powerful car Kia has ever produced. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 1 Aug. 2022 The guy that gets us the alder wood planks to smoke the salmon on. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of smoke


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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\ ˈsmōk How to pronounce smoke (audio) \

Kids Definition of smoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the gas given off by burning materials (as coal, wood, or tobacco) made visible by particles of carbon floating in it
2 : the act of drawing in and blowing out the fumes of burning tobacco


smoked; smoking

Kids Definition of smoke (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give out smoke The fire was still smoking.
2 : to draw in and blow out the fumes of burning tobacco (as in a cigarette)
3 : to expose (as meat) to the fumes of burning materials to give flavor and keep from spoiling

Other Words from smoke

smoker noun


\ ˈsmōk How to pronounce smoke (audio) \
smoked; smoking

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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