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[hoo k-uh] /ˈhʊk ə/
a tobacco pipe of Near Eastern origin with a long, flexible tube by which the smoke is drawn through a jar of water and thus cooled.
Also, hooka.
Also called narghile.
Origin of hookah
1755-65; < Arabic ḥuqqah box, vase, pipe for smoking Unabridged
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  • While some communities have scuba equipment or air-supplied hookah rigs, others free-dive, putting their lives at risk.
  • The finale to our day was sharing a hookah and listening to the stories of life in the desert with our local guides.
  • Few realise that the hookah itself is stealthily kippering the globe.
  • The dive uses the hookah system, which is fed by an air supply aboard the boat.
  • Find out whether the tour will incorporate scuba diving, hookah diving or snorkeling.
  • He wore a turban, smoked a hookah, and read by candlelight.
  • hookah-or water pipe smoking-practiced for centuries in other countries, has recently become popular among teens as well.
  • The hookah lounge will only serve flavored tobacco hookahs as well as sell hookahs and hookah accessories.
  • Peak hours for hookah tend to be after dinner into the late evening.
British Dictionary definitions for hookah


an oriental pipe for smoking marijuana, tobacco, etc, consisting of one or more long flexible stems connected to a container of water or other liquid through which smoke is drawn and cooled Also called hubble-bubble, kalian, narghile, water pipe
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic huqqah
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Word Origin and History for hookah

also hooka, 1763, from Arabic huqqah "small box, vessel" (through which the smoke is drawn), extended in Urdu to the whole apparatus.

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