smoke Definition

  • 1the visible grey, white, or black gas that is given off by something burning
  • 2a cigarette or cigar
  • 3a cloud of smoke or fumes

Using smoke: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "smoke" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The smoke from the fire was visible for miles.

  • Example

    He took a long drag on his cigarette and exhaled a cloud of smoke.

  • Example

    The room was filled with smoke from the burning incense.

smoke Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for smoke

Antonyms for smoke

  • clear air
  • fresh air

Phrases with smoke

  • go up in smoke

    to come to nothing; to fail completely


    All of our plans for the weekend went up in smoke when it started raining.

  • used to say that if people are saying that someone has done something wrong, there is usually a good reason for it


    I heard that he got fired for stealing from the company. No smoke without fire, I guess.

  • up in smoke

    completely destroyed or ruined


    The factory burned down and all of our hard work went up in smoke.

Origins of smoke

from Old English 'smoca'


Summary: smoke in Brief

The term 'smoke' [smoʊk] refers to the visible gas given off by burning material, as well as cigarettes or cigars. It can also denote a cloud of smoke or fumes. Phrases like 'go up in smoke' and 'no smoke without fire' use the term metaphorically to describe failure or suspicion.

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