or she·root



a cigar having open, untapered ends.

Origin of cheroot

First recorded in 1660–70, cheroot is from the Tamil word curuṭṭu roll (of tobacco) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheroot

Historical Examples of cheroot

  • "Try this cheroot; you 'll find it better," said he, opening a secret pocket in the case.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Marlow sat up abruptly and flung away his cheroot with force.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Rawley leaned forward, one elbow on a knee, the cheroot in his fingers.

    Northern Lights

    Gilbert Parker

  • At each table the entire process of making the cheroot is performed.

  • “Wait a bit; wait a bit,” returned the Yankee, puffing on his cheroot.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster

British Dictionary definitions for cheroot



a cigar with both ends cut off squarely

Word Origin for cheroot

C17: from Tamil curuttu curl, roll
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Word Origin and History for cheroot

late 17c., probably from Portuguese charuto "cigar," from Tamil curuttu "roll" (of tobacco), from curul "to roll." Originally a cigar from southern India; later a cigar of a certain shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper