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

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Contemporary Examples of chain-smoker

  • Whitcomb is a chain-smoker who sports a leather jacket, listens to punk rock, and is the recipient of a heart transplant.

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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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