chain smoker

chain-smoke

[cheyn-smohk]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), chain-smoked, chain-smoking.
to smoke continually, as by lighting one cigarette, cigar, etc., from the preceding one.

Origin:
1930–35

chain smoker, chain-smoker, noun
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chain-smoke
 
vb
to smoke (cigarettes, etc) continually, esp lighting one from the preceding one
 
chain smoker
 
n

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chain smoker

One who smokes continually by lighting a new cigarette from the one being finished, as in Before they forbade smoking, bridge tournaments often attracted players who are chain smokers. [c. 1930]

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