reefer

1
[ ree-fer ]
/ ˈri fər /

noun

Nautical. a person who reefs.
a short, close-fitting coat or jacket of thick cloth, similar to a pea jacket.
a woman's tailored, fitted, single- or double-breasted coat of durable material with a collar.

Nearby words

  1. reedy,
  2. reef,
  3. reef knot,
  4. reef point,
  5. reef whitetip shark,
  6. reeffish,
  7. reefing,
  8. reefing jacket,
  9. reek,
  10. reeky

Origin of reefer

1
First recorded in 1820–30; reef2 + -er1

reefer

2
[ ree-fer ]
/ ˈri fər /

noun Slang.

a marijuana cigarette.

Origin of reefer

2
1930–35; probably < Mexican Spanish grifa; see griefo

reefer

3
[ ree-fer ]
/ ˈri fər /

noun Informal.

a refrigerator, especially one large enough to be walked into.
a refrigerator car, ship, truck, etc.

Origin of reefer

3
First recorded in 1910–15; alteration and shortening of refrigerator

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British Dictionary definitions for reefer

reefer

1
/ (ˈriːfə) /

noun

nautical a person who reefs, such as a midshipman
another name for reefing jacket
slang a hand-rolled cigarette, esp one containing cannabis

Word Origin for reefer

C19: from reef ²; applied to the cigarette because of its resemblance to the rolled reef of a sail

noun

a ship, lorry, or other form of transport designed to carry refrigerated cargo

Word Origin for reefer

C20: shortened and adapted from refrigerator

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Word Origin and History for reefer

reefer

n.

"marijuana cigarette," 1920s, perhaps an alteration of Mexican Spanish grifo "marijuana, drug addict" [OED]; or perhaps from reef (v.), on resemblance to a rolled sail. It also meant "pickpocket" in criminal slang (1935). Reefer also was a nickname for "midshipman" (1818) "because they attend in the tops during the operation of reefing" [Century Dictionary], which is the source of the meaning "coat of a nautical cut" (1878) worn by sailors and fishermen "but copied for general use in the fashions of 1888-90" [CD].

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Medicine definitions for reefer

reefer

[ rēfər ]

n.

Marijuana, especially a marijuana cigarette.

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