Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A puff on a cigarette, marijuana cigarette, or pipe containing hashish or another mind-altering substance.
  • transitive v. To puff or smoke (a marijuana cigarette, for example) or to engage in such activity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gratuity.
  • v. To give a gratuity to.
  • n. A puff of marijuana.
  • v. To smoke marijuana.
  • v. To inhale a puff of marijuana

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A piece or a bit, as of tobacco or bread.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette

Etymologies

Perhaps from Spanish toque, a hit, a turn, from tocar, to touch, from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Clipping of token. (Wiktionary)
Presumably from Spanish tocar ("touch"). Noun sense 1968, verb 1952. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Funny thing, a toque pronounced "toke" is the big puffy white hat worn by pastry chefs, although mostly cartoon versions of chefs these days.

    first frost

  • Joints were often produced at parties or even in clubs, and passed among those who fancied a 'toke'.

    John

  • Arrived at the close of the second day in Canterbury, the two "toke" their inn at the sign of the "Falstaff," where hung "Honest Jack, in buff doublet and red hose," in a wonderful piece of wrought-iron work.

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

  • Since I indeed did not sneak a toke, I took myself over to Walgreen’s for some allergy meds.

    chicagojo Diary Entry

  • Obviously, if it's legal to smoke in BOTH states (pot), they can 'toke' en route - the 'happy train', and that's why this thing just might work after all.

    Las Vegas Sun Stories: All Sun Headlines

  • According to the guys at SparkBotttle, The Tock (or is that "toke"?) clock always tells the

    technabob

  • One does not "toke" a bong, one takes HITS from a bong.

    Think Progress

  • "Reefer Madness" tells the story of Jimmy Harper, an upstanding youth who becomes a whacked-out pot fiend after one 'toke' of the evil reefer.

    BroadwayWorld.com Featured Content

  • (sounds like it could be from the same family as 'toke') 1: 38 AM

    "You Know, a Frog..."

  • Lab rats that were administered one dose of marijuana (comparable to a "toke" from a

    Progressive Bloggers

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  • Few stones are left unturned in my quest for words that rhyme badly with Kirkuk.

    January 18, 2013

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    January 18, 2013

  • "He paused and we both listened to the birds singing away among the maple trees outside the building. I lit the pipe and took a deep toke. I exhaled, the smoke drifting idly in his direction."
    - 'The Dice Man', Luke Rhinehart.

    February 4, 2008