verb (used with or without object), chain-smoked, chain-smoking.

to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette, cigar, etc., from the preceding one.

Nearby words

  1. chain-link,
  2. chain-link fence,
  3. chain-react,
  4. chain-reacting pile,
  5. chain-saw,
  6. chain-smoker,
  7. chainage,
  8. chainbelt,
  9. chained,
  10. chained lady

Origin of chain-smoke

First recorded in 1930–35

Related formschain smoker, chain-smok·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chain smoker



to smoke (cigarettes, etc) continually, esp lighting one from the preceding one
Derived Formschain smoker, noun

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Idioms and Phrases with chain smoker

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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