dense, heavy, thick
black, blue, grey/gray, white, etc.
acrid, choking

the smell of stale cigarette smoke on your clothes

cigar, cigarette, pipe, tobacco

Hundreds of people die each year as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke (= smoke from other people's cigarettes, cigars, etc.).

cloud, column, haze, pall, plume, puff, spiral, wisp

We sat drinking in a haze of cigarette smoke.

The witch disappeared in a puff of smoke.

belch, belch out, blow, emit

The car ahead was belching out black smoke.

Don't blow smoke in my face!

exhale, inhale
be wreathed in

She sat there wreathed in cigarette smoke.

belch, billow, come, curl, drift, pour, rise

Blue smoke curled up from her cigarette.

Smoke rose into the sky.

fill sth

A pall of yellow smoke hung over the quarry.


When the smoke cleared we saw the extent of the damage.

plume, ring

I taught myself to blow smoke rings.

bomb, grenade
alarm, detector

The club had a smoke machine and laser show.

break (informal, esp. AmE)

I was taking a smoke break outside.

go up in smoke

The barn went up in smoke.

full of smoke
thick with smoke

The bar was thick with stale tobacco smoke.

1 cigarette, pipe, etc.

He has always smoked heavily.


You see kids openly smoking in the streets.

smoke like a chimney (= smoke a lot)

He smokes like a chimney.

2 meat/fish/cheese

The ham is cured, then lightly smoked.

Smoke is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑fire
Smoke is used with these nouns as the object: ↑cannabis, ↑cigar, ↑cigarette, ↑cocaine, ↑dope, ↑heroin, ↑marijuana, ↑opium, ↑pipe, ↑tobacco

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