plural tokes
: a puff on a marijuana cigarette or pipe
Then he squatted a little distance away and rolled and lit a joint, taking a couple of long lazy tokes.John Nichols
After about three tokes each, they head off for 7-11, and return with chocolate grahams, Ritz crackers, ginger ale, and milk.Laura E. Fry
toke verb, transitive + intransitive
toked; toking; tokes
Once, twice at most, she toked a joint. Ron Stodgehill
… a large color portrait on the wall of Bob Marley, smiling broadly while toking on a fat spliff. David Samuels
These characters take comfort in ducking reality through talking, toking, watching '70s TV reruns and grooving to such oldie hits as Squeeze's "Tempted" and the Knack's "My Sharona." Peter Travers

Examples of toke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those who’ve held on through the CEO’s antics have been rewarded — the stock has soared 1,168% since Musk’s marijuana toke in September 2018. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 8 Jan. 2024 But those who have held on through the CEO’s antics have been rewarded — the stock has soared 1,168% since Musk’s marijuana toke in September 2018. Craig Trudell, Fortune, 8 Jan. 2024 At the hospital, stoner nurses, orderlies, technicians, and other staff would sometimes slip outside for a toke or two, especially when things were quiet. Andrew Weil, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Eventually, the inevitable offer of a toke came, and Sheeran took it. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2023 For some of us, more like 4,200 tokes, and for others maybe just 42. Andrew Deangelo, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 There’s no fixed amount of tokes that makes a stoner a stoner these days. Andrew Deangelo, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 Ready to get your celebratory toke on? Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 18 Apr. 2022 He’s been caught smoking mournfully in numerous outdoorsy locations and car interiors, once even casually exhaling a toke of Marlboro Light through a COVID mask. Raven Smith, Vogue, 26 July 2022

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Word History


American Spanish toque, from Spanish, touch, test, from tocar to touch, from Vulgar Latin *toccare — more at touch entry 1

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toke was in 1968

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“Toke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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