chee·​ba ˈchē-bə How to pronounce cheeba (audio)
US slang
: marijuana
There are mountains of white powder outside on the ski resort's slopes, the air inside is thick with burning cheebaMike Usinger, Vibe, June 2002

Word History


perhaps borrowed from American Spanish argot chiva "heroin" (Spanish chivo, chiva "young goat, kid," with many regional and argot senses in American Spanish, perhaps of pre-Latin origin), though the sense shift from "heroin" to "marijuana" is unexplained

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheeba was in 1981

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“Cheeba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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