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.
Origin of smoke
Related Words for smokingfrenzied, fanatical, delirious, zealous, enthusiastic, crazed, virulent, furious, fervent, major, grievous, dangerous, deep, far-reaching, urgent, severe, important, significant, tough, meaningful
Examples from the Web for smoking
Contemporary Examples of smoking
The estimated ship date of the gadget is December 2014—perfect timing to say sayonara to smoking forever.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
The night before he bought a lot of crack-cocaine on credit with no way to pay, intending to kill himself after smoking.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
How long has it been since the Republican Party had a smoking hot presidential ticket?Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
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
Half of a Keppler published on January 9, 1884, shows virgin forest, the other half a smoking industrial slagscape.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
Historical Examples of smoking
The gentlemen were smoking, and some of the ladies were trying to look at ease with cigarettes.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He removed from his lips the short corn-cob pipe he was smoking.Viviette
William J. Locke
He was smoking his big briar and drinking a huge glass of brown beer.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Then he turned to the sergeant, who was smoking philosophically.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Kua-ko was lying in his hammock, smoking, I think—certainly not reading.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- 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)