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