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  • An oriental tobacco pipe with a long, flexible tube which draws the smoke through water contained in a bowl.

    ‘Men gather there after work to talk, drink dark coffee, and smoke cigarettes or hookahs (water pipes).’
    • ‘In urban areas, men enjoy spending their leisure time in teahouses, socializing and smoking the hookah, or water pipe.’
    • ‘Shisha is tobacco mixed with molasses and fruit flavors that is smoked in a hookah (water pipe).’
    • ‘The audience consists of mainly men, who draw deeply on hookahs containing a flavoured tobacco.’
    • ‘We reclined, Bedouin-style, on rugs and cushions to doze away the fiercest heat of the day, while young Arab men puffed on hookahs - the traditional hubble-bubble pipes for smoking sweetened tobaccos.’
    • ‘They entered a warm, well-lit room with several small round tables and overstuffed armchairs, most occupied by robed Arabs drinking out of mugs and smoking hookahs, who ignored them after cursory glances.’
    • ‘We smoked a hookah with the local chieftains afterwards.’
    • ‘So we had to finish our drinks and smoke our hookah while the staff cleared up around us.’
    • ‘He drew deeply on his hookah, wheezing and coughing, making it burble and bubble in the still air.’
    • ‘After your meal, enjoy a choice of 22 different flavored tobaccos that are served in authentic hookahs.’
    • ‘But I spent the remains of the afternoon lounging on the divan with Ali-Bab, nibbling almonds, sipping mint tea, and listening to the water bubbling merrily in his hookah.’
    • ‘Mocha is a coffee-and-conversation place with an open air lounge area and a bar that serves 19 varieties of gourmet coffee, fruit-flavoured hookahs and 75 varieties of wine.’
    • ‘With their fondness for hookahs and their liking for Indian dress - so much more sensible than their own stiff jackets and collars - they became a distinctive set.’
    • ‘There were children paddling in the streams, and girls carrying brushwood bundles on their heads, and old men sitting in the shade, sucking at their silver hookahs.’
    • ‘The objects brought from the Indies include hookahs, Indian dress, musical instruments and images of Hindu deities.’
    • ‘After a huge meal, we all lean back and share some hookahs in a high-ceiling room filled with cushions.’
    • ‘I am a big fan of hookahs ever since I tried them when I was in the Middle East in 2000.’
    • ‘One elderly man with a hookah at his table stopped puffing to say: ‘He's homesick.’’
    • ‘Latif sat on the verandah and puffed away at his hookah.’
    • ‘Saïd and Khaled spend most of their time drinking tea, puffing on a hookah and talking in circular logic.’
    pipe, water pipe, hubble-bubble, chillum, narghile, kalian
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/ˈho͝okə/ /ˈhʊkə/


Mid 18th century from Urdu, from Arabic ḥuqqa ‘casket, jar’.