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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.
1590-1600; smoke + -er1
Related forms
antismoker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for smoker
  • He's a journalist, editor and professional drinker and smoker.
  • The cake-eater and the smoker show up when faced by temptation.
  • Studies show that no matter how long you've been a smoker, quitting has major and immediate health benefits.
  • The counterman pulled out a brisket that had been in the smoker for fifteen hours and distributed samples.
  • He had a heavy mustache and a pipe smoker's percussive cough.
  • Show a smoker a lighter, and he or she will get the urge for a cigarette.
  • Smoking pot is a political act, and every smoker is an outlaw.
  • As any smoker can tell you, quitting is relatively easy.
  • The more recently an ex-smoker had quit, the more absenteeism they still showed.
  • Anyone walking into a smoker's abode can tell you that the traces of tobacco use don't vanish when a cigarette is extinguished.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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


  1. Something thrown, moving, played, etc, very fast: a number which is a quartet smoker
  2. (also smokeball) A very fast fastball (entry form 1912+, variant 1940s+)

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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