or hook·a

[ hoo k-uh ]
/ ˈhʊk ə /


a tobacco pipe of Near Eastern origin with a long, flexible tube by which the smoke is drawn through a jar of water and thus cooled.


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Also called narghile.

Origin of hookah

First recorded in 1755–65, hookah is from the Arabic word ḥuqqah box, vase, pipe for smoking
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British Dictionary definitions for hookah



/ (ˈhʊkə) /


an oriental pipe for smoking marijuana, tobacco, etc, consisting of one or more long flexible stems connected to a container of water or other liquid through which smoke is drawn and cooledAlso called: hubble-bubble, kalian, narghile, water pipe

Word Origin for hookah

C18: from Arabic huqqah
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