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 smoking
The estimated ship date of the gadget is December 2014—perfect timing to say sayonara to smoking forever.
The night before he bought a lot of crack-cocaine on credit with no way to pay, intending to kill himself after smoking.
How long has it been since the Republican Party had a smoking hot presidential ticket?
Now in his early thirties, his cheeks are sunken from smoking too much hash.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan|Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Half of a Keppler published on January 9, 1884, shows virgin forest, the other half a smoking industrial slagscape.
The night is spent in eating, drinking, smoking, singing and dancing.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
She watched the thin paper curl and smolder among the smoking embers of last night's blaze.The Best Short Stories of 1920|Various
Sarrion, smoking a cigarette by the stove, glanced at his son and knew that Juanita's fate was fixed.The Velvet Glove|Henry Seton Merriman
Without a sound, the Rogan slumped to the ground, a smoking cavity in its shoulders at the spot where its head had been set.The Red Hell of Jupiter|Paul Ernst
Jim Pollock, smoking comfortably in his shirt sleeves before his fire, was not so worried.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
- 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)