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[smoh-kee] /ˈsmoʊ ki/
noun, plural smokeys. (often initial capital letter) Slang.
an officer or officers of a state highway patrol.
a state police car.
Also called Smokey Bear.
Origin of smokey
1970-75, Americanism; shortened from Smokey the Bear, a cartoon figure used in the U. S. Forest Service's fire prevention campaign, depicted wearing a hat similar to those worn by state police officers Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for smokey bear

Smokey Bear


"state policeman," 1974, from truckers' slang, in reference to the wide-brim style of hat worn by state troopers (the hats so called by 1969). Ultimately the reference is to a popular illustrated character of that name, dressed in forest ranger gear (including a hat like those later worn by state troopers). He was introduced in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council in a campaign to lower the number of forest fires in the West.



variant of smoky. As a noun, sometimes short for Smokey Bear.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smokey bear

Smokey Bear

n phr,n

A police officer, esp a state highway patrol officer: Keep Don advised for the location of ''Smokies''

[1970s+ Citizens band & truckers; fr the fact that many state highway patrol police wear a broad-brimmed ranger's hat like that worn by the US Forest Service's ursine symbol]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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