- Smoke is a cloud from something burning, or slang for a time period during which cigarettes or tobacco are used.
- An example of smoke is a cloud rising from a burning candle.
- An example of a smoke is a cigarette break.
- Smoke is defined as to use cigarettes, a cigar or a pipe, or to stain or cook with the residue from something burning.
- An example of smoke is to inhale the fumes of a cigarette.
- An example of smoke is to cook fish over a fire.
- vaporous matter arising from something burning and made visible by minute particles of carbon suspended in it
- a mass or cloud of this
- any vapor, fume, mist, etc. resembling smoke
- ☆ an act or period of smoking tobacco, etc.: time out for a smoke
- something to smoke, as a cigarette or pipeful of tobacco
- something without substance, significance, or lasting reality
- something that beclouds or obscures
- a dusky gray
- Physical Chem. a suspension of solid particles in a gas
Origin of smokeMiddle English ; from Old English smoca, akin to German schmauch ; from Indo-European base an unverified form smeukh-, to smoke from source Classical Greek smychein, to smolder, Irish mūch, smoke
intransitive verbsmoked, smoking
- to give off smoke or a smokelike substance
- to discharge smoke in the wrong place, esp. into a room: said of a furnace, fireplace, etc.
- to give off too much smoke: said of a lamp, type of fuel, etc.
- Now Rare to move very rapidly, esp. so as to raise dust
- to draw the smoke of tobacco, etc. into the mouth, and often lungs, and blow it out again
- to be a habitual smoker
- to stain or color with smoke
- to treat (meat, fish, etc.) with smoke, as in flavoring or curing
- to fumigate as with smoke
- to drive or force into the open with or as with smoke; force out of hiding, secrecy, etc.: often with out
- to stupefy or stun (bees, etc.) with smoke
- to draw the smoke of or from (tobacco, a pipe, etc.) into the mouth, and often lungs, and blow it out again
- Archaic to detect or be suspicious of
- Obsolete to tease or mock
- The vaporous system made up of small particles of carbonaceous matter in the air, resulting mainly from the burning of organic material, such as wood or coal.
- A suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in a gaseous medium.
- A cloud of fine particles.
- Something insubstantial, unreal, or transitory.
- a. The act of smoking a form of tobacco: went out for a smoke.b. The duration of this act.
- Informal Tobacco in a form that can be smoked, especially a cigarette: money to buy smokes.
- A substance used in warfare to produce a smoke screen.
- Something used to conceal or obscure.
- A pale to grayish blue to bluish or dark gray.
- Baseball Pitches thrown at high velocity; fast balls: threw a lot of smoke in the early innings.
verbsmoked smoked, smok·ing, smokes
- a. To draw in and exhale smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe: It's forbidden to smoke here.b. To engage in smoking regularly or habitually: He smoked for years before stopping.
- To emit smoke or a smokelike substance: chimneys smoking in the cold air.
- To emit smoke excessively: The station wagon smoked even after the tune-up.
- Slang a. To go or proceed at high speed.b. To play or perform energetically: The band was really smoking in the second set.
- a. To draw in and exhale the smoke of (tobacco, for example): I've never smoked a panatela.b. To do so regularly or habitually: I used to smoke filtered cigarettes.
- To preserve (meat or fish) by exposure to the aromatic smoke of burning hardwood, usually after pickling in salt or brine.
- a. To fumigate (a house, for example).b. To expose (animals, especially insects) to smoke in order to immobilize or drive away.
- To expose (glass) to smoke in order to darken or change its color.
- Slang a. To kill; murder.b. To defeat decisively, as in a competition.
- Baseball To throw (a pitch) at high velocity.
Origin of smokeMiddle English, from Old English smoca.
- smok′a·ble, smoke′a·ble
See also fire.capnomancy a form of divination involving smoke. empyromancy a form of divination involving fire and smoke. fuliginosity 1. the state or condition of being sooty or smoky. 2. soot or smoke. — fuliginous, adj.
(countable and uncountable, plural smokes)
- (uncountable) The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particles given off by burning or smoldering material.
- (colloquial, countable) A cigarette.
- Can I bum a smoke off you?; I need to go buy some smokes.
- (colloquial, countable, never plural) An instance of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.; the duration of this act.
- I'm going out for a smoke.
- (uncountable, figuratively) A fleeting illusion; something insubstantial, evanescent, unreal, transitory, or without result.
- The excitement behind the new candidate proved to be smoke.
- (uncountable, figuratively) Something used to obscure or conceal; an obscuring condition; see also smoke and mirrors.
- The smoke of controversy.
- (uncountable) A light grey colour/color tinted with blue.
- (military, uncountable) A particulate of solid or liquid particles dispersed into the air on the battlefield to degrade enemy ground or for aerial observation. Smoke has many uses--screening smoke, signaling smoke, smoke curtain, smoke haze, and smoke deception. Thus it is an artificial aerosol.
- (baseball, slang) A fastball.
(third-person singular simple present smokes, present participle smoking, simple past and past participle smoked)
- To inhale and exhale the smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.
- He's smoking his pipe.
- (intransitive) To inhale and exhale tobacco smoke regularly or habitually.
- Do you smoke?
- (intransitive) To give off smoke.
- My old truck was still smoking even after the repairs.
- To preserve or prepare (food) for consumption by treating with smoke.
- You'll need to smoke the meat for several hours.
- (slang) To perform (e.g. music) energetically or skillfully. Almost always in present participle form.
- The horn section was really smokin' on that last tune.
- (US, slang) To kill, especially with a gun.
- He got smoked by the mob.
- (New Zealand, slang) To beat someone at something.
- We smoked them at rugby.
- William Shakespeare
- He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu.
- Upon that […] I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers.
- To burn; to be kindled; to rage.
- To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
- To suffer severely; to be punished.
- Of the colour known as smoke.
- Made of or with smoke.
From Middle English smoke, from Old English smoca (“smoke”), probably a derivative of the verb smocian (“to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate”), from Proto-Germanic *smukōną (“to smoke”), ablaut derivative of Proto-Germanic *smeukaną (“to smoke”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug(h)- (“to smoke”). Related to Old English smēocan (“to smoke, emit smoke; fumigate”), Dutch smook (“smoke”), Middle Low German smōk (“smoke”), German dialectal Schmauch (“smoke”), Bavarian schmuckelen (“to smell bad, reek”).
- (UK, slang, with "the") London.
- I'm heading down to the Smoke later this week.