reefer

1 of 3

noun (1)

reef·​er ˈrē-fər How to pronounce reefer (audio)
1
: one that reefs
2
: a close-fitting usually double-breasted jacket or coat of thick cloth

reefer

2 of 3

noun (2)

ree·​fer ˈrē-fər How to pronounce reefer (audio)
1
2
: a refrigerator car, truck, trailer, or ship

reefer

3 of 3

noun (3)

ree·​fer ˈrē-fər How to pronounce reefer (audio)
: marijuana sense 2
also : a marijuana cigarette

Examples of reefer in a Sentence

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Noun
Looking for a remedy, a raft of reefer businesses have turned to superlawyer David Boies, who on Thursday sued Attorney General Merrick Garland, seeking to strike down marijuana restrictions now in place under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 The woman lifted her reefer from the stump and wrapped it tight around her breasts, but still her teeth chattered. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 15 Mar. 2023 But no actual reefer. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Apr. 2021 And while some — Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Seth Rogen — have never shied away from their love for reefer, other have had one-off encounters that are downright hilarious. Lydia Price, Peoplemag, 20 Apr. 2023 The man unbuckled his reefer and dropped it to the floor. Lisa Wells, Harper’s Magazine , 15 Mar. 2023 The man jerked into motion again, stripping off his flannel shirt and dropping it beside the reefer. Lisa Wells, Harper’s Magazine , 15 Mar. 2023 The next day, he was slouched just outside the big reefer, deflated. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2020 Another banger from Amanda Chicago Lewis, queen of the reefer beat. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 20 July 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration

Noun (3)

probably modification of Mexican Spanish grifa

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (3)

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reefer was in 1800

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“Reefer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reefer. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

reefer

1 of 2 noun
reef·​er ˈrē-fər How to pronounce reefer (audio)
1
: one that reefs
2
: a close-fitting jacket of thick cloth

reefer

2 of 2 noun
: a marijuana cigarette

Medical Definition

reefer

noun
reef·​er ˈrē-fər How to pronounce reefer (audio)
: a marijuana cigarette

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