Definition of smoking in English:



mass noun
  • The action or habit of inhaling and exhaling the smoke of tobacco or a drug.

    ‘the effect of smoking on health’
    • ‘The bylaw provides protection from environmental tobacco smoke by prohibiting smoking in Toronto workplaces and public places.’
    • ‘It is my personal observation that smoking as a habit starts in a family where there is a smoker.’
    • ‘You can lower your health risk by quitting smoking if you smoke, losing weight if you are overweight and exercising regularly.’
    • ‘Few people now dispute that smoking is damaging human health on a global scale.’
    • ‘Smokers should stop smoking, as smoking may influence the course of thyroid eye disease in a dose dependent manner during treatment.’
    • ‘The health effects of tobacco smoking are estimated to cause the deaths of more than 400,000 Americans annually.’
    • ‘He had never justified his habit by denying that smoking was bad for his health, he knew it was, but that didn't make him enjoy it any less.’
    • ‘We have increased the excise tax on tobacco to discourage young people from taking up smoking, and we have encouraged smokers to quit and stay quit.’
    • ‘People can make their own choices about whether they smoke - and cigarette smoking is highly addictive.’
    • ‘This complication is much more common if you smoke, as smoking damages blood vessels.’
    • ‘However, while most of the mums who smoked said they knew smoking was bad for them, they didn't realise the devastating impact it could have on their unborn babies.’
    • ‘In my opinion a fair decision should be made concerning smoking and second hand smoke.’
    • ‘For example, if several smokers were surveyed, it would be logical to assume that they could recite the risks of smoking, yet still smoke.’
    • ‘In the 21st century we know too much about the risks of smoking, and second-hand smoke, to let the practice continue.’
    • ‘Norma added that 30% of all cancers are related to smoking and that smoking had a damaging effect not only on the lungs but all parts of the body.’
    • ‘More pubs are becoming smoke free as more people understand the dangers of smoking.’
    • ‘I sometimes find myself in awe of people like art speigelman, who smoke in front of audiences in places that smoking isn't allowed.’
    • ‘Passengers wouldn't put up with stale air that stank of smoke, but now that smoking is banned, they have no way of knowing how stale the air they are breathing might be.’
    • ‘Passive or secondhand smoking means breathing other people's smoke and this can have serious health risks.’
    • ‘We all know smoking causes cancer, yet we continue to smoke.’


  • 1Emitting smoke or visible vapour.

    ‘they huddled round his smoking fire in the winter damp’
    • ‘The smell was mostly of smoke from the smoking car.’
    • ‘I think of early people huddled into their animal skins beside a smoking fire, reading the sky like a bedtime story.’
    • ‘Simmons yanked up his weak and pathetic bullet pistol, and fired into the smoking ruin that was left of the North Portico, the front door of the White House.’
    • ‘The humans stopped firing, slinging their smoking rifles on their backs.’
    • ‘Mystra replied, her gaze once again returning to the smoking embers of the fire.’
    • ‘It's full of smoking embers from a fire that has been burning down since sunrise.’
    • ‘The same thoop sound emitted from the grenade launcher as the grenade left a smoking trail through the air, ending when it hit the wall above the army.’
  • 2

    (also smokin')
    informal Lively and exciting.

    ‘Wow! This band is really smokin'!’
    • ‘You guys are REALLY smokin! Great tones and very tasty playing. I can dig it.’
    • ‘That was a really smokin' pic of Katie in your previous post!’