verb (used without object), smoked, smok·ing.
- to flee.
- to abscond.
verb (used with object), smoked, smok·ing.
- to drive from a refuge by means of smoke.
- to force into public view or knowledge; reveal: to smoke out the leaders of the spy ring.
- smoke alarm,
- smoke and mirrors,
- smoke bomb,
- smoke chamber,
- smoke detector
Origin of smoke
Examples from the Web for smoke
When it comes to the increasing number of rape allegations leveled at Bill Cosby, the smoke is becoming impenetrable.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 |Kevin Fallon|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“At least it keeps the mosquitoes away,” one of my table-mates said, as we watched the swooshes of smoke waft into the Havana sky.
Perhaps the guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities will finally be allowed to smoke cubans, too.
She was separated from her colleagues after they were overcome by smoke and heat and ordered to withdraw.
Perhaps the smoke of all the early season buzz really did get in the Hollywood Foreign Press's eyes.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The music, the lights, the haze of smoke and the scent of food were depressing.Sally Bishop|E. Temple Thurston
But at this moment noise and smoke seemed to burst out on every side; the officer shouted to him to sound Retire!Children's Literature|Charles Madison Curry
Could he reverse the steering-gear in all that flame and smoke?Egholm and his God|Johannes Buchholtz
He was calmly reading a newspaper and having a morning smoke, until it should be time to go out.Mr. Isaacs|F. Marion Crawford
Both were unhurt, though half stifled by smoke, and greatly alarmed.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
- the act of smoking tobacco or other substances, esp in a pipe or as a cigarette or cigar
- the duration of smoking such substances
- a cigarette or cigar
- a substance for smoking, such as pipe tobacco or marijuana
- to come to nothing
- to burn up vigorously
- to flare up in anger
- to draw in on (a burning cigarette, etc) and exhale the smoke
- to use tobacco for smoking
Word Origin for smoke
late Old English smoca (rare) "fumes and volatile material given off by burning substances," related to smeocan "give off smoke," from Proto-Germanic *smuk- (cf. Middle Dutch smooc, Dutch smook, Middle High German smouch, German Schmauch), from PIE root *smeug- "to smoke; smoke" (cf. Armenian mux "smoke," Greek smykhein "to burn with smoldering flame," Old Irish much, Welsh mwg "smoke").
The more usual noun was Old English smec, which became dialectal smeech. Abusive meaning "black person" attested from 1913, American English. Smoke-eater "firefighter" is c.1930. Figurative phrase go up in smoke "be destroyed" (as if by fire) is from 1933. Smoke alarm first attested 1936; smoke-detector from 1957.
Old English smocian "to produce smoke, emit smoke," especially as a result of burning, from smoke (n.1). Meaning "to drive out or away or into the open by means of smoke" is attested from 1590s. Meaning "to apply smoke to, to cure (bacon, fish, etc.) by exposure to smoke" is first attested 1590s. In connection with tobacco, "draw fumes from burning into the mouth," first recorded 1604 in James I's "Counterblast to Tobacco." Related: Smoked; smoking. Smoking gun in figurative sense of "incontestable evidence" is from 1974.
"cigarette," slang, 1882, from smoke (n.1). Also "opium" (1884). Meaning "a spell of smoking tobacco" is recorded from 1835.
In addition to the idiom beginning with smoke
- smoke out
- chain smoker
- go up in flames (smoke)
- holy cow (smoke)
- no smoke without fire
- watch one's dust (smoke)