One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thin cylinder of finely cut tobacco rolled in paper for smoking.
ciggy, cig, tab, tube, smoke, cancer stick, coffin nailView synonyms
- ‘During a severe paper shortage, Bakhtin tore up his own manuscripts to roll cigarettes.’
- ‘He used to smoke a pack and half of a day, and still smokes around a dozen cigarettes daily.’
- ‘She picked up a gold cigarette case and pulled free one of the thin cigarettes.’
- ‘A leading medical journal called today for an outright ban on smoking and cigarettes.’
- ‘I remember the time Pearl and I had a huge argument over her smoking cigarettes.’
- ‘If you really want to smoke cigarettes then do it in the privacy of your own home.’
- ‘Standing in the doorway of the library, rolling a cigarette, is a young woman.’
- ‘Simon stepped out to get a paper from the boot and to smoke a cigarette.’
- ‘Lipstick-stained cigarettes overflowed in the ashtray on the table and on top of the television.’
- ‘He was told by bar staff to put out the cigarette but continued smoking.’
- ‘Yes, it's smelly, dirty and harmful, but in reality people do smoke cigarettes.’
- ‘Downstairs will then become no smoking but cigarettes will be still be allowed upstairs.’
- ‘Marlene stubbed out her cigarette in the ashtray upon the low coffee table.’
- ‘By the time I met her, Sheila had been smoking about twenty cigarettes a day for many years.’
- ‘Cousin Liam and Nate were just a pair of casual guys who sat around smoking cigarettes and cracking jokes.’
- ‘Her voice was low and husky from smoking twenty cigarettes a day in that sexy cigarette holder she always used.’
- ‘What is the best way to stop tobacconists selling cigarettes to children?’
- ‘So in the end, we all went outside and smoked our cigarettes on the pavement like outcasts.’
- ‘There is a perception that light smoking or smoking low tar cigarettes is not dangerous.’
- ‘Until Bonsack's invention, cigarettes had been rolled by hand by young women.’
- 1.1 An object similar to a cigarette containing a narcotic or herbal substance.
- ‘The gradual replacement of regular cigarettes with non-tobacco herbal cigarettes is an effective aid in tobacco detoxification.’
- ‘Herbal cigarettes, sold in pharmacies and health stores, have a very limited market.’
- ‘The following morning he said he rolled several cannabis cigarettes to smoke during the day.’
- ‘Although cannabis cigarettes are smoked less frequently than nicotine cigarettes, their mode of inhalation is very different.’
Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of cigare (see cigar).
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