- 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.
Origin of reefer1
- a marijuana cigarette.
Origin of reefer2
Origin of reefer3
Examples from the Web for reefer
“We were taught with Reefer Madness that it was a hard-core drug and we should veer away from it,” she says.Ganjapreneurs Line Up to Get Florida High
July 30, 2014
Hemp, too close to reefer madness for comfort, was one of them.Kentucky Tells Feds: Hands Off Our Hemp!
May 21, 2014
Armstrong told Harold that reefer was "medicine for headaches, toothaches, and the blues," advice Conrad took to heart.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
University of Colorado cracks down on 4/20 reefer madness, but a few students still manage to party.No Rocky Mountain High in Boulder, Colorado
April 21, 2012
He went into his bedroom and returned with a heavy "reefer" jacket.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
When it cleared off, put on and reefer, and rubber boots, and went out.Jimmy Crow
Edith Francis Foster
The crackle of the legal paper in his reefer pocket only accentuated his gloom.Blow The Man Down
He acknowledged that it was bad enough to kill a dog, but that a reefer could stand it.Rattlin the Reefer
The names of the captured gunboats were Nonata, Bonita and Reefer.The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2)
Justin H. Smith
- nautical a person who reefs, such as a midshipman
- another name for reefing jacket
- slang a hand-rolled cigarette, esp one containing cannabis
- a ship, lorry, or other form of transport designed to carry refrigerated cargo
Word Origin and History for reefer
"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].
- Marijuana, especially a marijuana cigarette.