hookah vs nargileh what difference

what is difference between hookah and nargileh


Alternative forms

  • hooka, hukka, hukkah, huqqa, huqqah


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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhʊ.kə/
    • Homophone: hooker (non-rhotic accents)
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhu.kə/
  • Hyphenation: hook‧ah


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.


Further reading

  • hookah on Wikipedia.Wikipedia



nargileh (plural nargilehs)

  1. Alternative form of narghile


  • narghile

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