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[cheyn-smohk] /ˈtʃeɪnˌsmoʊk/
verb (used with or without object), chain-smoked, chain-smoking.
to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette, cigar, etc., from the preceding one.
Origin of chain-smoke
First recorded in 1930-35
Related forms
chain smoker, chain-smoker, noun Unabridged
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to smoke (cigarettes, etc) continually, esp lighting one from the preceding one
Derived Forms
chain smoker, noun
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To smoke cigarette after cigarette, lighting the next one from the current one (1900s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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chain smoker

One who smokes continually by lighting a new cigarette from the one being finished, as in Before they forbade smoking, bridge tournaments often attracted players who are chain smokers. [ c. 1930 ]
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