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The Many Definitions and Uses of the Word "Vape": A Guide for Beginners

Definition of Vape

Andres Roman |

In vaping there’s a definite lingo and vocabulary that you will pick up as you start your vaping journey, but one word that has always caused confusion among beginners is ‘vape’. In today’s blog, we break down all the possible definitions for ‘vape’ and provide a guide for beginners to learn some of the most important terms that use the word ‘vape.’

Table of Contents:

  1. The Two Main Types of Vapes
  2. Vape as a Noun 
  3. Vape as a Verb
  4. Vape as a Descriptor
  5. The Different Types of Vapes
  6. All Day Vape
  7. Vape Liquid
  8. Vape Tongue
  9. Conclusion

The Two Main Types of Vapes

You should know right off the bat that there are two types of vapes. In this case, when I use the word ‘vape’ I am referring to vaporizers. Vape, or vapes, is short for vaporizers and this is the first and most popular use. Although this blog is aimed at nicotine vapes, or nicotine vaporizers, that use a combination of nicotine, flavorings, vegetable glycerin, and propylene glycol, there is also dry herb, wax, and oil vaporizers. And these are the two main kinds of vapes, those that use nicotine and those that use hemp derived herb, wax, and oil products. Because we are mainly a website that focuses on nicotine vapes, this is what this guide is meant for, for vapers who will be vaping nicotine products. 

Vape as a Noun 

Let’s start out simple, with vape as a noun. The dictionary definition of a noun is According to Google which uses Oxford Languages Dictionary, is a word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun). Here, ‘vape’, as we already talked about, can refer to a vaporizer, but it can also refer to a person, like a “vape beginner” or a place, like a “vape shop”. So, as a noun vape can refer to a thing, a person, or a place. 

Vape as a Verb

However, ‘vape’ can also refer to an action, or a verb. To vape is to perform the action of vaping, or to inhale vapor that is created from a vaporizer. To be more exact, Google definines vape when referred to as a verb as, “to inhale and exhale vapor containing nicotine and flavoring produced by a device designed for this purpose.” So, we have four ways in which the word vape can be used. 

Vape as a Descriptor

But vape can also be used as a descriptor within vaping. As we will see in the next section, there are different types of vapes; the term is also used to describe a state of being, and even as a synonym of e-liquid, which is another word we’ll briefly unpack. 

The Different Types of Vapes

We already talked about the two main types of vaporizers, but within nicotine based vaping there are disposable vapes, box mod vapes, pod system vapes, and even mechanical mod vapes (mech mods). In this case, ‘vape’ takes on different meanings for the different types of vaporizers which we can say can be used as a descriptor. 

All Day Vape

One vaping term that causes confusion is ‘all-day vape’, or an ADV. Because the word ‘vape’ has at least three meanings as a noun, a verb, and a descriptor, this phrase could have different meanings as well. The main two meanings that a new vaper might think when someone says “all day vape” is that of  a vaporizer that lasts all day, or the act of vaping all day. In reality, when vapers refer to an all day vape, they are not referring to the vaporizer, but to a vape liquid that is so good that it can be vaped all day without growing tired of the flavor. In short, a flavor of vape juice that is so good it could theoretically be vaped all day. Here ‘vape’ refers to vape juice, or vape liquid, which is yet another meaning of the word ‘vape’.

Vape Liquid

But wait, isn’t vape juice called e-liquid? The answer is yes, vape juice, vape liquid, ejuice (also written as e-juice), e-liquid, or simple juice all mean the same thing. So when someone uses the word vape (short for vape juice), they could also mean e-liquid, even though it also means vaporizer and the act of vaping. 

Vape Tongue

Finally, there’s one last term that uses the word ‘vape’, which is not often used but one that we figured we could explain. When one vapes one flavor for too long, or when someone chain vapes for a long period of time, it’s possible that you dehydrate and your tongue can no longer perceive flavor. This state of being is called ‘vaper’s tongue’, sometimes referred to as ‘vape tongue’, and it means that you have dehydrated yourself from too much vaping and now you can no longer taste your vape juice.  


Vaping is not complicated and neither are the terms that vapers use. But we have to admit, the lingo can get confusing, that’s why we’ve created this blog to give you all the definitions that the word vape can mean so you’re one step ahead of other vape beginners. 

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