[keyf, kef]

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.

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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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.

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