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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Eventually the headman passed on the hookah stem and stood up, saying he'd go and fetch the soothsayer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hookah \Hook"ah\ (h[oo^]k"[.a]), n. [Per. or Ar. huqqa a round box or casket, a bottle through which the fumes pass when smoking tobacco.] A pipe with a long, flexible stem, so arranged that the smoke is cooled by being made to pass through water. Also called narghile and water pipe. The hubble-bubble is a simple form of this device.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also hooka, 1763, from Arabic huqqah "small box, vessel" (through which the smoke is drawn), extended in Urdu to the whole apparatus.


n. A pipe with a long flexible tube that draws the smoke through water, traditionally used for smoking tobacco, which is often flavored.


n. an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water; "a bipolar world with the hookah and Turkish coffee versus hamburgers and Coca Cola" [syn: narghile, nargileh, sheesha, shisha, chicha, calean, kalian, water pipe, hubble-bubble, hubbly-bubbly]


A hookah (see other names) is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco or cannabis, called shisha, whose vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin—often glass-based—before inhalation.

Health risks of smoking hookah include exposure to toxic chemicals that are not filtered out by the water and risk of infectious disease when hookahs are shared. The waterpipe was either invented by an Irfan Shaikh of the Mughal Empire or originates from the time of the Safavid dynasty of Persia, from where it eventually spread to the east into India during that time. The hookah or Argyleh also soon reached Egypt and the Levant during the Ottoman dynasty from neighbouring Safavid dynasty, where it became very popular and where the mechanism was later perfected.

The word hookah is a derivative of "huqqa", an Arabic term. Outside its native region, hookah smoking has gained popularity throughout the world, especially among younger people, largely due to immigrants from the Levant, where it is especially popular.

Hookah (song)

"Hookah" is a song by US hip hop recording artist Tyga. It was released on April 9, 2014 as the second promotional single prior to The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. The song, produced by London on da Track, features a guest appearance from fellow American rapper Young Thug. "Hookah" debuted at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at number 85. In December 2014, the song was certified gold by the RIAA.

Hookah (disambiguation)

Hookah may refer to:

  • Hookah, single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco. Also known as waterpipe, narghile, arghila, qalyān, shisha, amongst others
  • Hookah lounge, an establishment where patrons share hookah / shisha
  • "Hookah" (song), 2014 by Tyga featuring Young Thug

Usage examples of "hookah".

In this chamber some half dozen persons were seated in the Eastern fashion, and smoking either the choice tobaccoes of Syria through the cherry-wood or jasmine tube of a Turkish or Egyptian chibouque, or inhaling through rose-water the more artificial flavour of the nargileh, which is the hookah of the Levant.

Dr Jacob seized Stephen, kissed him on both cheeks and led him into a cool, shaded room where a jug of horchata stood on a low table and smoke from the hookah hung from the ceiling down to eye level.

At night he listened to his rebetika records in the attic and smoked his hookah pipe.

Half a dozen guerrillas too young to grow beards sat around a small potbellied stove sucking on hookahs.

Thick coils of smoke rose from the hookah before the hold-mistress, wreathing her knife-kissed features in the cloying, tarry fumes.

Racks of demented comic books loomed beside tables littered with hookahs and handmade clay pipes.

Well, I was impressed by the huge blue Caterpillar smoking the hookah atop the giant mushroom because I know how hard it is to keep a water pipe lit.