Dictionary.com

reefer

1
[ ree-fer ]
/ ˈri fər /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of reefer

1
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

2
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

3
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; alteration and shortening of refrigerator
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use reefer in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for reefer

reefer
[ rēfər ]

n.
Marijuana, especially a marijuana cigarette.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK