Definition of vape in US English:

vape

verb

[no object]informal
  • Inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

    ‘I'd rather people vaped indoors than smoked outside’
    with object ‘many smokers have started vaping e-cigarettes to help them cut down’
    • ‘I used to smoke, now I vape.’
    • ‘I also enjoyed the tip's blue glow when I vaped.’
    • ‘Chapman is also concerned that vaping enables smokers to get a nicotine hit in places where they can't smoke.’
    • ‘I'd much rather take the risk and vape than smoke again.’
    • ‘For Jordan, vaping e-cigarettes means choosing the devil he doesn't know over the devil he does.’
    • ‘Three years after starting vaping, though still on emphysema medication, Boyd's breathing has improved.’
    • ‘The ordinance prohibits "vaping" in any location where tobacco smoking is restricted.’
    • ‘I started 'vaping' purely out of curiosity and haven't smoked a single cigarette since.’
    • ‘He used to be a smoker, but vaping helped him quit, and he wants to provide this assistance for others.’
    • ‘The "smart e-cigarette" is complete with an app so the user can monitor how many times per day they have "vaped" and how much nicotine they have consumed.’
    • ‘His concern lies particularly with young people - to whom vaping, with its colourful paraphernalia and tasty flavours, has been shown to appeal.’
    • ‘Having quit on the advice of his doctor, he now constantly vapes an e-cigarette.’
    • ‘This was the noisiest e-cig I've vaped.’
    • ‘Some juices are loaded with nicotine down while others are simply vaped for the flavor, sans nicotine.’

noun

informal
  • 1An electronic cigarette or similar device.

    ‘I've been using a vape now for 15 weeks’
    • ‘There's a huge selection of vapes in such pretty colors, for affordable prices too!’
    • ‘Never tried a vape.’
    • ‘I was buying juice for a vape that I had bought somewhere else.’
    • ‘The second round of rules comes after a March decision to prohibit the use of vapes on county property.’
    • ‘On first impression the quality of the product is far exceeds some of my other vapes.’
    1. 1.1 An act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
      ‘my cravings went away as soon as I took a vape’
      • ‘After a few minutes he took another vape.’
      • ‘If you only occasionally take a vape, this little gadget could work for you.’
      • ‘As soon as he turned around I took another vape.’
      • ‘Although it may be tempting to "sneak a vape," you don't want to be the person who gets caught and makes an entire plane turn around.’
      • ‘Every two or three vapes I get a burnt taste.’
      • ‘When you take a vape, the tip has an attractive LED that lights up white.’

Origin

1980s (in reference to an experimental ‘noncombustible’ cigarette): abbreviation of vapor or vaporize.

Pronunciation

vape

/vāp//veɪp/