[ keyf, kef ]
/ keɪf, kɛf /

noun (in the Middle East)

a state of drowsy contentment, especially from the use of a narcotic.
Also keef. a substance, especially a smoking preparation of hemp leaves, used to produce this state.

Nearby words

  1. keeshond,
  2. keesler air force base,
  3. keester,
  4. keet,
  5. keewatin,
  6. kefallinía,
  7. kefallonia,
  8. kefauver,
  9. keffiyeh,
  10. kefir

Also kief, kif.

Origin of kef

First recorded in 1800–10, kef is from the Arabic word kaif well-being, pleasure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kef


/ (kɛf) /


a variant of kif
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Word Origin and History for kef



1808, from Arabic kaif "well-being, good-humor." Specifically, state of dreaming intoxication produced by smoking cannabis; dolce far niente. In Morocco and Algeria, it was the name for Indian hemp.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper