Definition of kif in English:


(also kef)


mass noun
  • A substance, especially cannabis, smoked to produce a drowsy state.

    • ‘The buyer sampled the buds and sniffed at the kif.’
    • ‘You might also hear the names Aunt Mary, skunk, boom, gangster, kif or ganja.’
    • ‘In the Rif Mountains, large quantities of marijuana, called kif, are grown for profit.’
    • ‘And in recent times, the medical applications of this venerable herb known severally as grass, weed, pot, cannabis, dope, jay, skunk, kif, or ganja have been documented by reputable professionals.’
    • ‘Many Middle Eastern and Northern African cultures have used cannabis for sexual purposes in a potent form known as kif as recently as the early 20th Century.’


South African
  • Very good (used as a general term of approval)

    ‘that T-shirt's kif’
    • ‘I’m 80% sure I’m going. Depends on the weather, but the band lineup looks kif!’
    • ‘Hey there!! Was really kif meeting you on Friday!!’
    excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
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Early 19th century: from Arabic kayf ‘enjoyment, well-being’.