Definition of smoko in English:


(also smoke-ho)

nounPlural smokos

Australian, NZ
  • A rest from work for a smoke; a tea break.

    • ‘Ten years ago you used to have awards that specified smokos - you know, start, smoko, morning tea, lunch, afternoon smoko, finish.’
    • ‘They have to get themselves here on time… we give them lunch and smoko breaks.’
    • ‘Peter Costello said that it's time they traded away lunch breaks, time they traded away smokos, time they traded away coffee breaks.’
    • ‘I swear that it rained for 72 hours with no more than a 5 minute break for smoko.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be working, but the construction team was on a smoko and it was resting.’
    interval, interlude, entr'acte, break, recess, pause, rest, respite, breathing space, lull, gap, stop, stoppage, halt
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