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reefer

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[ ree-fer ]
/ ˈri fər /
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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.
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Origin of reefer

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First recorded in 1800–10; reef2 + -er1

Other definitions for reefer (2 of 3)

reefer2
[ ree-fer ]
/ ˈri fər /

noun Slang.
a marijuana cigarette.

Origin of reefer

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An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain; possibly from Mexican Spanish slang grifo, grifa “under the influence of marijuana”; see origin at griefo

Other definitions for reefer (3 of 3)

reefer3
[ 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

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An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; alteration and shortening of refrigerator
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British Dictionary definitions for reefer (1 of 2)

reefer1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for reefer (2 of 2)

reefer2
/ (ˈriːfə) /

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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