Definition of gasper in English:



dated, informal
  • A cigarette.

    ‘she sneaked a gasper outside the loo’
    • ‘He had obviously not considered the possibility of hardened smokers persistently lighting up in pubs, then refusing to pay the maximum fine of £1,000 simply to get banged up so that they could enjoy a gasper in peace and quiet.’
    • ‘As one who draws great pleasure from an occasional gasper, especially when enjoyed in convivial surroundings, I am appalled at this assault upon the liberties of smokers.’
    • ‘Her overgrown son is chuffing on a final gasper at a back door fire escape.’
    • ‘While adverts for cigarettes have been banned for years, the gaspers still get a good press.’
    • ‘So, dear lovers of what the beloved Wodehouse character Bertie Wooster calls ‘gaspers’ - don't try to kid yourself about smoking.’