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[chil-uh m]
  1. the part of a hookah that contains the tobacco, marijuana, or other substance being smoked.
  2. the substance that is smoked.
  3. a hookah or other water pipe adapted for smoking marijuana, that can be passed in ritual fashion among a group of participants: used especially by Rastafarians.
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Origin of chillum

First recorded in 1775–85, chillum is from the Hindi word cilam


[chil-uh m]
  1. a city in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
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Examples from the Web for chillum

Historical Examples

  • Gie'em (give them) rice, peas, four cook for chillum, one nurse.

    Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2

    Works Projects Administration

  • Chillum, chil′um, n. the part of a hookah containing the tobacco and charcoal balls: a hookah itself: the act of smoking it.

  • Masson describes a "chillum," or smoking apparatus, found embedded in an ancient wall in Beloochistan.

  • Thy servant was keeping watch over his masters, and smoking his chillum.

    Gil the Gunner

    George Manville Fenn

  • My wife had been dead fur sebrel years, an' not habbin' any chillum I libed by myse'f in er cabin on er big plan'ation.

    Up Terrapin River

    Opie P. Read

British Dictionary definitions for chillum


  1. a short pipe, usually of clay, used esp for smoking cannabis
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Word Origin

C18: from Hindi cilam, from Persian chilam
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