Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

smoke - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb smoke pronunciation in British English /sməʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesmoking
past tensesmoked
past participlesmoked
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to suck smoke from a cigarette, pipe etc into your mouth and lungs

    Phil was reading the paper and smoking a cigarette.

    1. a.
      to smoke cigarettes as a regular habit

      I didn’t know you smoked!

      She smokes about 20 a day.

      smoke heavily:

      Jane started smoking heavily as her job became more stressful.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] [usually progressive] to produce smoke

    By the time I got to the garage, the engine was smoking alarmingly.

    1. a.
      if a fire smokes, it produces a lot of smoke
  3. 3
    [transitive] to preserve and give flavour to fish or other food by hanging it in smoke
    Synonyms and related words

phrasal verbs

Open Dictionary


another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play