chain-smoke

[ cheyn-smohk ]
/ ˈtʃeɪnˌsmoʊk /
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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

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Examples from the Web for chain-smoker

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

    This Week's Hot Reads|The Daily Beast|March 3, 2010|DAILY BEAST


British Dictionary definitions for chain-smoker

chain-smoke

verb

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

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