Meaning of SMOKE in English

I. ˈsmōk noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English smoca; akin to Old English smēocan to emit smoke, Middle High German smouch smoke, and probably to Greek smychein to smolder

Date: before 12th century


a. : the gaseous products of burning materials especially of organic origin made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon

b. : a suspension of particles in a gas


a. : a mass or column of smoke

b. : smudge

3. : fume or vapor often resulting from the action of heat on moisture

4. : something of little substance, permanence, or value

5. : something that obscures



(1) : something (as a cigarette) to smoke

(2) : marijuana 2

b. : an act of smoking tobacco ; especially : a smoking break


a. : a pale blue

b. : any of the colors of smoke

8. : pitches that are fastballs

if a guy's going to hit you…he certainly isn't going to throw a spitter—he gives you smoke — Tony Conigliaro

• smoke·less ˈsmō-kləs adjective

• smoke·like ˈsmōk-ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

( smoked ; smok·ing )

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. : to emit or exhale smoke

b. : to emit excessive smoke

2. archaic : to undergo punishment : suffer

3. : to spread or rise like smoke

4. : to inhale and exhale the fumes of burning plant material and especially tobacco ; especially : to smoke tobacco habitually

transitive verb


a. : fumigate

b. : to drive (as mosquitoes) away by smoke

c. : to blacken or discolor with smoke

smoked glasses

d. : to cure by exposure to smoke

smoked ham

e. : to stupefy (as bees) by smoke

2. archaic : suspect

3. : to inhale and exhale the smoke of

smoke a cigarette

4. archaic : ridicule

5. slang : kill 1a

6. slang : to defeat or surpass decisively

7. : to hit (as a baseball) with great force

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.