Meaning of SMOKE in English

■ noun

1》 a visible suspension of carbon or other particles in the air, typically one emitted from a burning substance.

2》 an act of smoking tobacco.

↘ informal a cigarette or cigar.

3》 ( the Smoke or the Big Smoke ) Brit. a big city, especially London.

■ verb

1》 emit ~.

2》 inhale and exhale the ~ of tobacco or a drug.

3》 treat, fumigate, or cleanse by exposure to ~.

↘cure or preserve (meat or fish) by exposure to ~.

↘subdue (bees in a hive) by exposing them to ~.

4》 [usu. as adjective ~d ] treat (glass) so as to darken it.

5》 ( ~ someone/thing out ) drive someone or something out of a place by using ~.

6》 N. Amer. informal kill by shooting.

7》 archaic make fun of.


go up in ~ informal

1》 be destroyed by fire.

2》 (of a plan) come to nothing.

there's no ~ without fire there is always some factual basis for a rumour.

~ and mirrors N. Amer. the use of misleading or irrelevant information to obscure or embellish the truth.


smokable (also ~able ) adjective

~d adjective

~less adjective

smoking adjective &noun


OE smoca (n.), smocian (v.), from the Gmc base of smēocan 'emit ~'.

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