water pipe



a pipe for conveying water.
a smoking apparatus, as a hookah or narghile, in which the smoke is drawn through a container of water and cooled before reaching the mouth.

Origin of water pipe

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Related Words for water-pipe

plumbing, conduit, main, sluice, hookah, hubble-bubble, kalian

Examples from the Web for water-pipe

Historical Examples of water-pipe

  • A quick movement up the water-pipe, and his knee rested on the roof.

  • He felt safer in the amended suggestion that the object was a water-pipe.

  • The boys, you know, refuse a pull at the water-pipe; defiles 'em, they say.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath

  • They have a white man with them, and no doubt it was he who put them up to cutting the water-pipe.

  • His eye had been caught by the water-pipe at the side of the window.


    P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for water-pipe

water pipe


a pipe for water
another name for hookah
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Word Origin and History for water-pipe

c.1400, "conduit for water," from water (n.1) + pipe (n.1). The smoking sense is first attested 1824.

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