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or hooka

[hoo k-uh] /ˈhʊk ə/
a tobacco pipe of Near Eastern origin with a long, flexible tube by which the smoke is drawn through a jar of water and thus cooled.
Also called narghile.
Origin of hookah
First recorded in 1755-65, hookah is from the Arabic word ḥuqqah box, vase, pipe for smoking Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Also, a term for a short pipe, probably derived from hookah.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Puffing at his hookah and munching musk-flavoured condiments.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • One was given a hookah to smoke, and remembered nothing of what he said or had to say.

  • In front of him were his hookah, a sword, and several nosegays.

  • Only Nao's father was in sight, and he sat dozing over his hookah.

    Our Little Hindu Cousin Blanche McManus
  • Ratikanta was enjoying his hookah, seated in a chair next to him.

    Stories from Tagore Rabindranath Tagore
  • Ram Deen puffed the hookah in silence when it reached him again.

    The Taming of the Jungle Dr. C. W. Doyle
  • No one spoke, and the hookah passed from hand to hand in a dreary silence.

    The Taming of the Jungle Dr. C. W. Doyle
  • He called for a new light-ball to his hookah, and considered the case.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for hookah


an oriental pipe for smoking marijuana, tobacco, etc, consisting of one or more long flexible stems connected to a container of water or other liquid through which smoke is drawn and cooled Also called hubble-bubble, kalian, narghile, water pipe
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic huqqah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hookah

also hooka, 1763, from Arabic huqqah "small box, vessel" (through which the smoke is drawn), extended in Urdu to the whole apparatus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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