coffin nail

noun Slang.

a cigarette.

Origin of coffin nail

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coffin nail

tobacco, smoke, fag, cig

Examples from the Web for coffin nail

Historical Examples of coffin nail

  • Put down those cards and chuck that coffin-nail into the stove.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman

  • I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.

    A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

  • Later, I had a ring made of the coffin-nail, and I still wear it on the fore-finger of my right hand.

  • The ring made of the coffin-nail, which I wore on my thumb, constantly reminded me of my vow.

  • I was sitting on the opposite side of the littered-up table, engaged in rolling a pill, that is to say, a coffin-nail.

British Dictionary definitions for coffin nail

coffin nail


a slang term for cigarette
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