Nearby words

  1. smocking,
  2. smog,
  3. smogbound,
  4. smoggy,
  5. smokable,
  6. smoke alarm,
  7. smoke and mirrors,
  8. smoke bomb,
  9. smoke chamber,
  10. smoke detector


    go up/endin smoke, to terminate without producing a result; be unsuccessful: All our dreams went up in smoke.

Origin of smoke

before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English smoca; (v.) Middle English smoken, Old English smocian

Related formssmoke·like, adjectivean·ti·smoke, adjective, nounun·smoked, adjectiveun·smok·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smoking

British Dictionary definitions for smoking


/ (sməʊk) /


the Smoke short for Big Smoke


/ (sməʊk) /



See also smoke out

Derived Formssmokable or smokeable, adjective

Word Origin for smoke

Old English smoca (n); related to Middle Dutch smieken to emit smoke

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Word Origin and History for smoking
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Science definitions for smoking


[ smōk ]

A mixture of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other gases, usually containing particles of soot or other solids, produced by the burning of carbon-containing materials such as wood and coal.
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Idioms and Phrases with smoking


In addition to the idiom beginning with smoke

  • smoke out

also see:

  • chain smoker
  • go up in flames (smoke)
  • holy cow (smoke)
  • no smoke without fire
  • watch one's dust (smoke)
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