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Smuk(e, Smouk(e, Smok(e, Smek(e, n. Also: smuik(e, smwke, smwik, smeuk, smewk, smuck(e, smowk, smook(e, smoik, smoyk, smoak(e, smocke, sme(e)ik. [ME and e.m.E. smoke (a1154), ME also smike (a1200), smec (Orm), smeke (c1250), smeek (Wyclif), smek (c1400), smok(k (1422), smyk (Prompt. Parv.), also smooke (a1548), smoake (1580), OE sméc, smíc, smýc; smoca (wk. grade of sméocan), MDu. smooc, OFlem. smuick (Kilian smuyck).] The several sources of this word are observable in the various spellings displayed: there being no semantic distinction evident, it is treated as a single entry.
1. Smoke or fumes given off as a result of burning. Also comb. b. specif. Of incense.
(a) In the depest pot of hell He smorit thame with smvke [M. smuik]; Dunb. (STS) xxvi 120.
In ane smedie I be smorit with smuke; Lynd. Test. Pap. 1168.
For smell of smuke, men wyll abhor to beir thé; Lynd. Test. Pap. 1184.
I … saw ane pit most black, Most full of smuke and flaming fyre; E. Melville Godlie Dreame 258.
There wetche be day to be with smuke or reik, and on the nycht be fyre; Bisset II 218/22.
(b) In middis the fire he kest him in the smuik [: tuik]; Rolland Seven S. 6686.
The wind … blew the smuik and reik of thair poulder wpoun thair marrowis; Pitsc. II 39/23.
Quhair sodomeit synneris with smwik wer smord; Polwart Flyt. 667 (T).
(c) Signis in erd, … blude, and fire, and hete of smewk [P. smoke]; Nisbet Acts ii 19.
Smeuk; Nisbet Rev. ix 2.
The reik, smeuk, and the stink of the gun puldir fylit al the ayr; Compl. 42/18.
(d) It is not now tyme to us to hyde the burning, whairof the smucke is alreddie begone to discover itself; 1570 Bann. Memor. 23.
(e) Ane fieind he wes … He vaneist away with stynk and fyrie smowk [M. smwke]; Dunb. (STS) xxx 48.
Throw feir of lowe and smouk [M. smoyk] under nicht, the capitanis … concludit, erar to assailye … than cowartly to be brint to the deith; Bell. Boece II 34.
From pype of loame … I souke The flegm-attractiue far-fett Indian smouke; Craig i 40.
(f) Smook; Balfour Pract. 633.
Como vno Spanzola Rodamontado that sayes his beard grew with smook of muscats; Grahame Anat. Hum. 9b.
All the fyres … to continew for the space of xxiiii hours ather smooke or flam; 1627 Aberd. Council Lett. I 265.
The unwholesome smooke of that oven; 1630 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III 599.
They impute the oftner contagions that happens in Brittain to the smook of our coall, which grossens and … infectes the air, their wood smooking wery little; 1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 90.
They … confoundit her … with smook and reik; 1674 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. IV 214.
(g) Ethna … thrawing owt … The blak laithly smoke [Sm. smuke]; Doug. iii viii 130.
The pykky smoke [Sm., Ruddim. smok] coil blak; Doug. v xii 32.
The smoke of the bottomles pit; Ferg. Serm. iii Malachi Sig. ii b.
O omnipotent power of tobacco! And if it could by the smoke thereof chace out deuils as the smoke of Tobias fish did (which I am sure could smel no stronglier) it [etc.]; James VI Tobacco 95/18.
Men … sit tossing of tobacco pipes and puffing of the smoke of tobacco one to another; James VI Tobacco 97/34.
(h) Smoik of sowr and byttir rekis stew; Doug. xii x 89.
(i) Smell not so sweet into my nose as smoake Of match and powder; 1628 Fugitive Poetry II vii 4/27.
A lum at the back of her wall … that … would fill her house with smoak; 1698 Fountainhall Decis. II 25.
(j) And tharefter raisit fyre round about, that the smocke sould compell thayme to yeald; Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 104.
(k) Fayre Troye … Inne full blak smek [D. smoke] our-rekand was; Troy-bk. ii 898 (C).
Fumus, reik, smeeik; Carmichael Etym. 32.
Smeik; Maxwall Commonpl. Bk. 25a (see Smellum n.).
I grein to sie the sillie smiddy smeik. This is no lyfe that I live vpaland; Montg. Sonn. xxv 2.
comb. Alexander Seuerus … was iustly choked with smoke with this doome, Fumo pereat qui fumum vendidit: but of so many smoke-buyers as are at this present in this kingdome I neuer read nor heard; James VI Tobacco 97/27.
There fabrickes are … of smoke-torne straw; Lithgow Trav. x 429.
b. The fyry smok of sens … Blesys in the kyndillit byngis of fyr tre; Doug. xi xv 45.
The smewk of incensis and the praieris of halimen gais up fra the angelis hand befoir God; Nisbet Rev. viii 4.
c. The dirty residue of smoke. Also fig.
Rolland Seven S. Schort Schawing 31 (see Smere v. 2 (1)).
His glorius eyis can nocht abayd The full and fillthe smuk [: clok] Quhairwith I am … Coweritt; Montg. Suppl. xxix 70.
2. A volume, cloud, pall, etc. of smoke. Also pl. b. An instance or example of smoke.
sing. It [sc. the fire] ȝheid qwyt out … But ony byrnyng in one smek [D. smeke] And nought appered but one rek; Troy-bk. ii 429 (C).
Thare come out sik a mysty smoke of hidous reik, lyke as it war out of the pitt of hell; Hay I 27/25.
Furth of his throt … A laithly smok he ȝiskis blak as bell; Doug. viii iv 154.
Thai … suld … on day be ony hwmyd materialis rais ane smoik to warne the inhabitantis; Boece 239b.
The altar with the blude of beasts, is sprinkled … He makis a smuike, and smelling sweet for payment of his vow; Hume 41/8.
The said fyre ewanisit in ane blak smouk; 1623 Perth Kirk S. MS 14 May.
Shee saw lyk a great smoak or a litle light in the house; 1650 Brechin Presb. 48.
A spreit … apeared … and went away as if it were a grene smoak; 1662 Highland P. III 18.
pl. With which byrnnyng now it rekys, As wele apperes by the smekes [D. smeikis]; Troy-bk. ii 856 (C).
And thar as maist habundyt smokis [Ruddim. smokkis] dyrk, Thar has he hynt Cacus; Doug. viii iv 163.
Of the laithly smokis … The hevyn dyrknyt; Doug. xiii vi 218.
b. That the suffumigation thereof cannot haue a drying qualitie it needes no further probation then that it is a smoake, all smoake and vapour being of it selfe humide; James VI Tobacco 91/18.
3. Vapour, fumes, chiefly as caused by the action of heat.
Ane mekill well, Of quhilk thair rais ane foull smuke and a reik; Rolland Seven S. 3846.
Demanding payment for the smoak of his roast-meat; Urquhart Rabelais iii xxxvii.
Warrand … to boyll the said fish when the wind is … southerly allennerly that the smuck pas toward the sea; 1683 Edinb. B. Rec. XI 75.
4. transf. or fig. Denoting something insubstantial, transitory or illusory.
Quhat is your lijf? A smewk apperand at a litil, and eftirwart it salbe wastit; Nisbet St. James iv 15.
Quharof gif ȝe pruif nocht be pretendit homagis bettir than Sabilicus previs Scotland ane part of Ingland ȝour fyre is bot ane smuke; Lamb Resonyng 65/26.
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