Meaning of SMOKE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ smoʊk ]

( smokes, smoking, smoked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Smoke consists of gas and small bits of solid material that are sent into the air when something burns.

A cloud of black smoke blew over the city...

The air was thick with cigarette smoke.



If something is smoking , smoke is coming from it.

The chimney was smoking fiercely.

...a pile of smoking rubble.

VERB : V , V-ing


When someone smokes a cigarette, cigar, or pipe, they suck the smoke from it into their mouth and blow it out again. If you smoke , you regularly smoke cigarettes, cigars, or a pipe.

He was sitting alone, smoking a big cigar...

Do you smoke?

VERB : V n , V

Smoke is also a noun.

Someone came out for a smoke.

N-SING : a N

• smok‧er


He was not a heavy smoker.



If fish or meat is smoked , it is hung over burning wood so that the smoke preserves it and gives it a special flavour.

...the grid where the fish were being smoked.

...smoked bacon.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed , V-ed


see also smoked , smoking


If someone says there’s no smoke without fire or where there’s smoke there’s fire , they mean that there are rumours or signs that something is true so it must be at least partly true.



If something goes up in smoke , it is destroyed by fire.

More than 900 years of British history went up in smoke in the Great Fire of Windsor.

PHRASE : V inflects


If something that is very important to you goes up in smoke , it fails or ends without anything being achieved.

Their dreams went up in smoke after the collapse of their travel agency.

PHRASE : V inflects

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