Meaning of big smoke in English:

big smoke

Pronunciation /ˌbɪɡ ˈsməʊk/


  • 1Australian, New Zealand With the. The largest settlement in a particular region, especially a metropolis, ‘the big city’.

  • 2Australian Generally. A city; a town.

  • 3Australian Usually with capital initials. With the. London. In later use also denoting various other large industrial cities, especially Toronto.


Mid 19th century. From big + smoke.