Definition of bidi in English:


(also beedi, biri)


  • (in South Asia) a type of cheap cigarette made of unprocessed tobacco wrapped in leaves.

    • ‘Two new types of tobacco products that are increasingly being used by teenagers and young adults are cigars and small flavored cigarettes called bidis.’
    • ‘History of smoking, duration and number of cigarettes / bidis smoked/day, height and weight were evaluated in each subject.’
    • ‘Every now and then the beedis and cigarettes would glow at random.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the Sabars made their living from selling firewood and leaves from kendu trees, used to make hand-rolled cigarettes, called bidis.’
    • ‘Similar regulations regarding other health-impairing tobacco products which have been on the market for centuries, together with cigarettes and bidis should also be reinforced.’


From Hindi bīḍi ‘betel plug, cigar’, from Sanskrit vīṭikā.