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Etymology 1[edit]

A shortening of vaporizer.


vape (plural vapes)

  1. Clipping of vaporizer.

Etymology 2[edit]

A shortening of vaporize.


vape (third-person singular simple present vapes, present participle vaping, simple past and past participle vaped)

  1. (intransitive) To inhale the vapor produced by a non-combustible cigarette, most commonly an electronic cigarette.
    • 2007 December 18, SmokeyJoe, "Well it's not smoking....So what is it?" [1], e-cigarette-forum:
      "E-smoking" is a bit of a handful, "Misting" sounds far too fey, "Vaporizing" or "Vaping" has drug connotations. There must be a better word for my new hobby! Suggestions?
    • 2008 March 2, marian00, "Re: NJOY International" [2], e-cigarette-forum:
      I have received both my Sedansa and Njoy ciggies. ... They vape about the same. I can drip in both cigs, whether into the atomizer or into the filter. ... The e-cig minicig from .......... sucks -- and I don't mean literally. I can't get anything out of them. I don't like their pipe either. It vapes plenty; you just can't inhale and exhale much of anything.
    • 2008 April 24, TropicalBob, "Re: Now that's smoking!" [3], e-cigarette-forum:
      "Vaping" is just a fancy way to avoid the term "smoking", since smoking is illegal everywhere and these things don't burn anything and don't produce second-hand smoke.
    • 2015 January 18, Sally Satel, “Will the F.D.A. kill off e-cigs? [print version: International New York Times, 20 January 2015, p. 6]”, in The New York Times[4]:
      Electronic cigarettes, battery-powered devices that convert a solution of nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that can be inhaled, or "vaped," have the potential to wean a vast number of smokers off cigarettes. [] The problem is, not enough smokers are switching to e-cigarettes, despite their relative safety – and understandably so. Smokers are barraged with news about inaccurate labeling, shoddy counterfeits and poorly made e-cigarettes that emit toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in vapor. [] [T]he F.D.A. should allow companies to tell smokers about the benefits of switching to vaping products.
Derived terms[edit]


vape (plural vapes)

  1. The smoking of a non-combustible cigarette, most commonly an electronic cigarette.
    • 2017, Douglas Board, Time of Lies:
      Zack was standing outside the podium of the Shard having a vape when Terence dropped her and Patrick off at 8.20pm.
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