see also: Smoke
  • (British) enPR: smōk, IPA: /sməʊk/
  • (America) enPR: smōk, IPA: /smoʊk/


  1. (uncountable) The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particles given off by burning or smoldering material.
  2. (colloquial, countable) A cigarette.
    Can I bum a smoke off you?;  I need to go buy some smokes.
  3. (colloquial, uncountable) Anything to smoke (e.g. cigarettes, marijuana, etc.)
    Hey, you got some smoke?
  4. (colloquial, countable, never plural) An instance of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.; the duration of this act.
    • 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VII:
      I lit a pipe and had a good long smoke, and went on watching.
    I'm going out for a smoke.
  5. (uncountable, figuratively) A fleeting illusion; something insubstantial, evanescent, unreal, transitory, or without result.
    The excitement behind the new candidate proved to be smoke.
    • 1974, John le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, New York: Knopf, Chapter 6, p. 44,
      I fed her a lot of smoke about a sheep station outside Adelaide and a big property in the high street with a glass front and ‘Thomas’ in lights. She didn’t believe me.
  6. (uncountable, figuratively) Something used to obscure or conceal; an obscuring condition; see also smoke and mirrors.
    The smoke of controversy.
  7. (uncountable) A light grey colour/color tinted with blue.
  8. (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.
  9. (baseball, slang) A fastball.
Synonyms Verb

smoke (smokes, present participle smoking; past and past participle smoked)

  1. (transitive) To inhale and exhale the smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.
    He's smoking his pipe.
  2. (intransitive) To inhale and exhale tobacco smoke.
    Do you smoke?
  3. (intransitive) To give off smoke.
    My old truck was still smoking even after the repairs.
    • 1645, John Milton, L'Allegro
      Hard by a cottage chimney smokes.
    1. (intransitive) Of a fire in a fireplace: to emit smoke outward instead of up the chimney, owing to imperfect draught.
  4. (transitive) To preserve or prepare (food) for consumption by treating with smoke.
    You'll need to smoke the meat for several hours.
  5. (transitive) To dry or medicate by smoke.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.
    • Smoking the temple, ful of clothes fayre, / This Emelie with herte debonaire / Hire body wesshe with water of a well […]
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To make unclear or blurry.
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Oedipus Tyrannus; Or, Swellfoot The Tyrant: A Tragedy in Two Acts:
      Smoke your bits of glass,
      Ye loyal Swine, or her transfiguration
      Will blind your wondering eyes.
  8. (intransitive, slang, mostly, as present participle) To perform (e.g. music) energetically or skillfully.
    The horn section was really smokin' on that last tune.
  9. (US, Canada, NZ, slang) To beat someone at something.
    We smoked them at rugby.
  10. (transitive, US, slang) To kill, especially with a gun.
    He got smoked by the mob.
  11. (transitive, slang, obsolete) To thrash; to beat.
  12. (obsolete, transitive) To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene vi]:
      He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu.
    • I alone / Smoked his true person, talked with him.
    • RQ
      Upon that […] I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      The squire gave him a good curse at his departure; and then turning to the parson, he cried out, "I smoke it: I smoke it. Tom is certainly the father of this bastard. […]
  13. (slang, obsolete, transitive) To ridicule to the face; to mock.
  14. To burn; to be kindled; to rage.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy 29:20 ↗:
      The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man.
  15. To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
    • Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field.
  16. To suffer severely; to be punished.
    • c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      Some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.
  17. (transitive, US military slang) To punish (a person) for a minor offense by excessive physical exercise.
  18. (transitive) To cover (a key blank) with soot or carbon to aid in seeing the marks made by impressioning.
  • (to inhale and exhale smoke from a burning cigarette) have a smoke
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Adjective


  1. Of the colour known as smoke.
  2. Made of or with smoke.
  • Russian: ды́мчатый
Related terms
Proper noun
  1. (British, slang, with "the") London.
    I'm heading down to the Smoke later this week.
  2. The 44th sura (chapter) of the Qur'an.
  • French: Fumée
  • Russian: Ды́м

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