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[smoh-ker] /ˈsmoʊ kər/
a person or thing that smokes.
  1. Also called smoking car. a passenger car for those who wish to smoke.
  2. a compartment for those who wish to smoke.
an informal gathering, especially of men, for entertainment, discussion, or the like.
an enclosed metal box or similar device for smoking meats, poultry, or fish.
British. smoking-concert.
Origin of smoker
1590-1600; smoke + -er1
Related forms
antismoker, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When a cigar is smoked in the dark it lights up the smoker's face at each puff.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • "You see I'm a smoker," he added, holding up his yellow-stained forefinger.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He had been a smoker like the rest of the crew, but he gave up “baccy.”

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • “Not much,” confessed the other as they alighted from the smoker.

  • The managers had chartered a special train which was made up wholly of Pullman sleepers, a dining car and a smoker.

  • Slowly, slowly, it went, nearer and nearer to the smoker's nose.

  • When the train came along he climbed into the smoker with his own bag, leaving Archie to assist Sally into the chair car.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for smoker


a person who habitually smokes tobacco
Also called smoking compartment. a compartment of a train where smoking is permitted
an informal social gathering, as at a club
a vent on the ocean floor from which hot water and minerals erupt
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Word Origin and History for smoker

1590s, "one who cures meat," agent noun from smoke (v.). Meaning "one who smokes tobacco" is from 1610s. Railway meaning "smoking car" is from 1875. Smoker's cough attested from 1898.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smoker

smoke-filled room


A place where intense discussion or negotiation takes place: the smoke-filled rooms of the Democratic Party

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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