ganja

noun

gan·​ja ˈgän-jə How to pronounce ganja (audio) ˈgan- How to pronounce ganja (audio)
: a potent and selected preparation of marijuana used especially for smoking
broadly : marijuana

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After a Bob Marley show, my family remembers Bob snubbing my father for taking over their ganja industry. Kristen Mcguiness, Rolling Stone, 7 Aug. 2022 According to his own telling, agents connected to the Jamaican government hired him to be the exclusive exporter of Jamaican ganja. Kristen Mcguiness, Rolling Stone, 7 Aug. 2022 Not many surfers make world-class hash and use the cash to travel the globe to surf, procuring ganja seeds that are collected to make more hash so additional adventures to far-off lands with large waves can be had. Andrew Deangelo, Forbes, 6 July 2022 However, by 1978 Perry was showing signs of serious mental instability, some of it fueled by the heavy abuse of potent ganja and white rum. NBC News, 29 Aug. 2021 Both the data and my joint-friendly peers admit that the chill ganja of the hippie era was replaced by new, harder-hitting strains a long time ago. Aron Ravin, National Review, 14 Aug. 2021 Malawi is not the only African country to see potential gold in ganja, which has increasingly been legalized or, at least, decriminalized in parts of the U.S., Canada, and Europe, with sales booming, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 June 2021 There’s no indication history was on repeat that night, but if a fan tried to slip him a gift of ganja, Shelton hasn’t said anything. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 28 May 2021 As gang violence began to rise, lawmakers began cracking down heavily on ganja cultivation, distribution, and use. Gloria Alamrew, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Hindi gā̃jā & Urdu gānjā "hemp, hemp flower buds," going back to Sanskrit gañjā "hemp," of uncertain origin

First Known Use

1689, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ganja was in 1689

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Cite this Entry

“Ganja.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ganja. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

ganja

noun

gan·​ja ˈgän-jə How to pronounce ganja (audio) ˈgan- How to pronounce ganja (audio)
: a potent preparation of marijuana used especially for smoking
broadly : marijuana
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