- 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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Examples from the Web for hookah
“For the hookah scene in Zombieland we used herbal cigarettes as pot,” props worker Katrina Rice told The Daily Beast.13 Movie Tricks…Revealed!
October 31, 2010
Also, a term for a short pipe, probably derived from hookah.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Puffing at his hookah and munching musk-flavoured condiments.Tartarin de Tarascon
One was given a hookah to smoke, and remembered nothing of what he said or had to say.Mysteries of Police and Crime
In front of him were his hookah, a sword, and several nosegays.Wanderings in India
Only Nao's father was in sight, and he sat dozing over his hookah.Our Little Hindu Cousin
- 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
C18: from Arabic huqqah
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper