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