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From Hindi हुक़्क़ा(huqqā) and Urdu حقہ(huqqā), in turn, derived from Arabic حُقَّة(ḥuqqa, pot, jar), from حُقّ(ḥuqq, cavity, hollow).



hookah (plural hookahs)

  1. A pipe with a long flexible tube that draws the smoke through water, traditionally used for smoking tobacco, which is often flavored.
    Synonyms: waterpipe, hubble-bubble, hubbly bubbly, narghile, shisha
    • 1831, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction:
      In India, the lower orders use a hookah or hubble bubble, which is made of a cocoa-nut shell well cleaned out, having a hole through the soft eye of the shell, and another on the opposite side, a little lower down, the first of which is used for the chauffoir, and the other to suck or draw the smoke from.
    • 1954, Alexander Alderson, The Subtle Minotaur[1], chapter 18:
      The lounge was furnished in old English oak and big Knole settees. There were rugs from Tabriz and Kerman on the highly polished floor. [] A table lamp was fashioned from a silver Egyptian hookah.
    • 1960, Harper Lee, chapter 9, in To Kill a Mockingbird:
      When Uncle Jack caught me, he kept me laughing about a preacher who hated going to church so much that every day he stood at his gate in his dressing-gown, smoking a hookah and delivering five-minute sermons to any passers-by who desired spiritual comfort.


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