a pipe, as of sheet metal, serving as a stove chimney or to connect a stove with a chimney flue.

Origin of stovepipe

First recorded in 1690–1700; stove1 + pipe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stovepipes

Contemporary Examples of stovepipes

  • When I was in the military, we called the problem “inter-operability” or “stovepipes.”

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    Terror Deja Vu

    Ken Allard

    December 28, 2009

Historical Examples of stovepipes

  • It is not mist at all; it is merely the smoke from the stovepipes.

  • Yesterday I had to change the stove and stovepipes because it smoked so bad that it almost smoked us out.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army

    Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill

  • Snug, too, they looked, with smoke coming out of stovepipes that ran through the roofs of several of them.

    The Hosts of the Air

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • People are on the boats: men lounging, women in sun-bonnets, children, stovepipes with streaming smoke.

  • The older daughter, Anna, and the two big boys slept upstairs, where the rooms were theoretically warmed by stovepipes from below.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

British Dictionary definitions for stovepipes


pl n

informal tight trousers with narrow legs



a pipe that serves as a flue to a stove
Also called: stovepipe hat a man's tall silk hat
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