Main definitions of reefer in English

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reefer1

noun

informal
  • 1A cannabis cigarette.

    • ‘Hide hand-rolled cigarettes and an occasional reefer from folks at church.’
    • ‘He was sprawled over a comfortable looking chair, a reefer stuck in the corner of his mouth and smoldering softly.’
    • ‘She lives in a damp tenement smelling of curry powder and incense with her layabout boyfriend, whose idea of a busy day is to roll a few reefers while listening to Deep Purple.’
    • ‘‘Following this latest incident we did find a lot of used beer cans and reefers which would suggest the area has been targeted for late-night parties,’ he said.’
    • ‘Establishments sell grass openly and the customers (Vietnamese rarely smoke) roll and lazily smoke reefers like a cigarette.’
    • ‘A national newspaper carried a big cartoon of him sitting in a theatre with his open cue case by his side and a very long reefer in his hand, with an usher in the background claiming he thought he had his cue in his case.’
    • ‘I can confirm a 17-year-old from Great Harwood was cautioned for possession of a reefer containing cannabis.’
    • ‘Chancellor Kiryl sighed a bit, took a long puff on his reefer, and blew the smoke out in a long, thin gray cloud.’
    • ‘In interview, Mr Kenny accepted that these were his, and said that he had smoked cannabis - some 5 to 10 reefers a day - to avoid serious ongoing pain and consequent mental suffering caused by his back injury.’
    • ‘A group of us were smoking a poorly rolled, filterless reefer up in the empty nosebleeds at the Coliseum.’
    • ‘She was unable to hold on to Jonathan, who began his career in foster homes at the age of 4 and would eventually go on his own tour of mental hospitals, thanks to some PCP-laced reefers and his grandparents' willingness to sign forms.’
    • ‘They put a cannabis reefer between his fingers.’
    • ‘The man proceeded to roll a reefer, clearly spreading out the tobacco and cannabis without apparently any sense of doing anything wrong.’
    • ‘We are experimenting to find the best method of switching [users] from reefers to other opiates.’
    • ‘I thought Jamaica was all sun, giant reefers and smooooth, silky reggae beats.’
    • ‘To Amsterdam, red light capital of the universe, where my man with a reefer reports on the finale to this year's Tall Ships Race.’
    • ‘One reefer, one pill is not on - it's going to impair your ability to drive.’
    • ‘Una Persson settled a slim, perfect reefer into her holder and fished her Meredith from her top pocket.’
    • ‘There were a couple of half-smoked reefers just left lying in the gutter by some kids who probably got spooked by some headlights.’
    • ‘I'm not sure if this is normal for most actors, but drinking beer and smoking reefers seems to be the best way to prepare to go onstage for the cast of Wilhelm Reich in Hell.’
    cannabis cigarette, marijuana cigarette
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    1. 1.1mass noun Cannabis.
      • ‘In some ways, this reefer madness is not exactly news.’
      • ‘Yet even though Vancouver is known as the Amsterdam of the Pacific Northwest, reefer related businesses have a tenuous existence, operating as they do under the cloud of prohibition.’
      • ‘Sure, some people might trade up from a Geo to a Ford Taurus, but what about your layabout Cousin Todd, whose entire income comes from selling the Grade Z reefer he grows in his basement?’
      • ‘Terms from years ago, such as pot, herb, grass, weed, Mary Jane and reefer, are still used.’
      • ‘After getting popped holding 57 pounds of reefer back in '72, he studied social anthropology in prison and is more than happy to wax philosophical about garbage and what it says about our culture.’
      • ‘She experiments with reefer, makes eyes at the check-out boy and starts talking frankly about sexuality to son Tim, who is justifiably disgusted.’
      • ‘I got Rico some reefer and some wine and invited him to my house and taped material, and then I recorded it.’
      • ‘Patel was seen to put a reefer cigarette on the window ledge and when he was searched a further 11 pieces of the drug were found.’
      • ‘Soon, everyone is blowing reefer and getting frisky, and it doesn't take long for clothes - and inhibitions - to hit the floor.’
      • ‘Since the 1980s, reefer madness in these rolling hills has grown as fast as a marijuana plant in the Appalachian spring.’
      • ‘Then there's Nick, the hot-blooded Sicilian artist who paints scenes from the raw-edged life he leads, and Gene, the blond Viking giant who smokes reefer and plays very, very rough.’
      • ‘And I would go out the back door, through the corridors that ran behind the stores, and find a place to fire up a bowl and take a couple hits of reefer.’
      • ‘I was smoking reefer before I played music ever.’
      • ‘Are our hospitals filled with raving pot smokers, insane from reefer madness?’
      • ‘My retinue consisted not of fellow cyclists and fitness heads, but bandmates and the subterfuge associated with playing regularly in a rock band, reefer, and lots of scotch.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, at 14, Michael was interested in smoking reefer, petty larceny, hookers, LSD and basketball.’
      • ‘It has become rather hilarious to read about the smelly Beatniks who would not bathe, who stayed up all night at cafes reading poetry and listening to jazz, smoking reefer and bed hopping.’
      • ‘By comparison, 9.3 percent of Americans are mad for reefer, 10.6 percent of Britons, and a whopping 15 percent of Australians.’
      • ‘This, it seems, isn't worth mentioning, but the reefer madness is - as though the consumption of marijuana must be responsible for the assault.’
      • ‘Tonight TV has a chronic case of reefer madness.’
      • ‘Jeff Sessions was deeply offended by the KKK's embrace of reefer madness.’
      • ‘I was in the U.S. Army, having the time of my life. I absolutely loved reefer and acid, and when I tried junk I loved that too.’
      • ‘Any pothead who has ever purchased a bogus.4 count from some foggy-eyed pusher-man in the Berri metro will understand why it's so important to take to the streets in support of easy access to quality legal reefer.’
      • ‘So getting back to marijuana and reefer, you talk about wanting to decriminalize it, I mean, isn't that sort of a namby-pamby half step?’
      • ‘There's something magical about the marriage of the incredible mountain scenery, the West Coast ocean air, and the burn of some reefer in your lungs and mind.’
      • ‘We were standing around it drinking beer and smoking reefer.’
      • ‘If they're not out raving all night hopped up on that ecstasy stuff, they're out behind the school listening to rap music, smoking reefer and even, sometimes, Mary Jane.’
      • ‘Chalk them up to adrenaline crashes, too much rage and reefer and booze.’
      • ‘Among a couple of hundred slang names for marijuana, some of the most common are: pot, weed, reefer, grass, dope, joint, seed, tea and Texas tea.’

Origin

1930s: perhaps related to Mexican Spanish grifo ‘(smoker of) cannabis’.

Pronunciation

reefer

/ˈriːfə/

Main definitions of reefer in English

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reefer2

noun

  • 1

    short for reefer jacket
    • ‘Curvy or busty women look better in belted coats or coats with fairly full skirts than in straight-cut reefer styles.’
    • ‘The cotton reefer and trench sits with cropped Capri pants.’
  • 2Sailing
    A person who reefs a sail.

    • ‘Slowly, he muscled Taitt up the ladder, through the scuttle, onto the reefer deck, then up another level onto the chaotic mess decks, where he could be evacuated by crew members who were now arriving to tend to the injured.’
    1. 2.1nautical slang, archaic A midshipman.

Pronunciation

reefer

/ˈriːfə/

Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer3

noun

informal
  • A refrigerated lorry, railway wagon, or ship.

    • ‘‘We're using a lot of what Thermo King refers to as their Smart and Quiet reefers, which diagnose themselves; the control pad and display tell you what's wrong,’ says Diehl.’
    • ‘Either way, those that sell or lease trucks, trailers and reefers to dairy manufacturers regularly work to understand the needs of this unique industry.’
    • ‘The company's six new 3800 - TEU containerships, now operating on the East Coast Inter-American trade, have 800 reefer plugs apiece.’
    • ‘When the door opens, the refer shuts off, when the door closes, the reefer turns back on increasing shelf life.’
    • ‘Although current plans call for leasing reefers to support all deployments, purchase appears to be a more cost-effective option for long-term deployments.’
    • ‘Dairy processors shopping around for the ideal truck and reefer must consider their cargo, temperature requirements and distribution route, among other factors.’
    • ‘Passing them by on the highway, it may not look like there have been many changes in reefer bodies over the years, but a closer inspection reveals that there have been definite refinements.’
    • ‘Tilbury, which is jointly owned by ABP, P&O and Forth Ports, has ‘the largest blown-air reefer facility in the northern hemisphere’.’
    • ‘Great Dane also touts its capacity for multiple temperature items, available through its SuperSeal XLT reefer.’
    • ‘Behind the locomotive is a reefer (refrigerator car) to supply ice for drinking water in the sleepers.’
    • ‘The latest innovations in truck, trailer and reefer technologies improve dairy delivery efficiencies.’
    • ‘Beyond new body designs, materials and parts, reefer, truck and trailer companies also work with dairy customers to address other industry issues.’
    • ‘Latreefers was formed to be the purchasing company under six contracts for building reefer vessels made with a Polish shipbuilding yard in September 1992.’
    • ‘At times, the Idaho Falls yard is a sea of reefers and covered hoppers.’
    • ‘Crews in Salinas would load a modified boxcar, a reefer, with cartons of lettuce and crushed ice.’
    • ‘According to D' Angelo, there is a trend in transport refrigeration toward the requirements of reefer reliability, ease of serviceability, ease of use and constant airflow.’
    • ‘Advanced foam insulation, in fact, has been a focus of many recent advances in interior reefer design.’
    • ‘Every freezer case and reefer unit looked like someone had smacked a cart into the chrome, hard.’
    • ‘Yet few generator sets were available to provide power, and prime power needed to operate the reefers at Kandahar Airfield was limited.’
    • ‘Most weeks, at least one round trip to the cold storage plant is made, with from one to four reefers.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

reefer

/ˈriːfə/