or hook·a

[hoo k-uh]


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.

Origin of hookah

First recorded in 1755–65, hookah is from the Arabic word ḥuqqah box, vase, pipe for smoking
Also called narghile.
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Related Words for hookah

plumbing, conduit, main, sluice, hubble-bubble, kalian

Examples from the Web for hookah

Contemporary Examples of hookah

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Historical Examples of hookah

British Dictionary definitions for hookah




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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Word Origin and History for hookah

also hooka, 1763, from Arabic huqqah "small box, vessel" (through which the smoke is drawn), extended in Urdu to the whole apparatus.

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