Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer1

noun

informal
  • 1A cannabis cigarette.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can confirm a 17-year-old from Great Harwood was cautioned for possession of a reefer containing cannabis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were a couple of half-smoked reefers just left lying in the gutter by some kids who probably got spooked by some headlights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Una Persson settled a slim, perfect reefer into her holder and fished her Meredith from her top pocket.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘We are experimenting to find the best method of switching [users] from reefers to other opiates.’
    • ‘The man proceeded to roll a reefer, clearly spreading out the tobacco and cannabis without apparently any sense of doing anything wrong.’
    • ‘Hide hand-rolled cigarettes and an occasional reefer from folks at church.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was sprawled over a comfortable looking chair, a reefer stuck in the corner of his mouth and smoldering softly.’
    • ‘Chancellor Kiryl sighed a bit, took a long puff on his reefer, and blew the smoke out in a long, thin gray cloud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A group of us were smoking a poorly rolled, filterless reefer up in the empty nosebleeds at the Coliseum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One reefer, one pill is not on - it's going to impair your ability to drive.’
    • ‘I thought Jamaica was all sun, giant reefers and smooooth, silky reggae beats.’
    • ‘They put a cannabis reefer between his fingers.’
    cannabis cigarette, marijuana cigarette
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Cannabis.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Soon, everyone is blowing reefer and getting frisky, and it doesn't take long for clothes - and inhibitions - to hit the floor.’
      • ‘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 was smoking reefer before I played music ever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By comparison, 9.3 percent of Americans are mad for reefer, 10.6 percent of Britons, and a whopping 15 percent of Australians.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We were standing around it drinking beer and smoking reefer.’
      • ‘Since the 1980s, reefer madness in these rolling hills has grown as fast as a marijuana plant in the Appalachian spring.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Terms from years ago, such as pot, herb, grass, weed, Mary Jane and reefer, are still used.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

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
    • ‘The cotton reefer and trench sits with cropped Capri pants.’
    • ‘Curvy or busty women look better in belted coats or coats with fairly full skirts than in straight-cut reefer styles.’
  • 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.

    • ‘Either way, those that sell or lease trucks, trailers and reefers to dairy manufacturers regularly work to understand the needs of this unique industry.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘At times, the Idaho Falls yard is a sea of reefers and covered hoppers.’
    • ‘Yet few generator sets were available to provide power, and prime power needed to operate the reefers at Kandahar Airfield was limited.’
    • ‘Advanced foam insulation, in fact, has been a focus of many recent advances in interior reefer design.’
    • ‘Great Dane also touts its capacity for multiple temperature items, available through its SuperSeal XLT reefer.’
    • ‘Most weeks, at least one round trip to the cold storage plant is made, with from one to four reefers.’
    • ‘The company's six new 3800 - TEU containerships, now operating on the East Coast Inter-American trade, have 800 reefer plugs apiece.’
    • ‘The latest innovations in truck, trailer and reefer technologies improve dairy delivery efficiencies.’
    • ‘Although current plans call for leasing reefers to support all deployments, purchase appears to be a more cost-effective option for long-term deployments.’
    • ‘Beyond new body designs, materials and parts, reefer, truck and trailer companies also work with dairy customers to address other industry issues.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Latreefers was formed to be the purchasing company under six contracts for building reefer vessels made with a Polish shipbuilding yard in September 1992.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Behind the locomotive is a reefer (refrigerator car) to supply ice for drinking water in the sleepers.’
    • ‘Dairy processors shopping around for the ideal truck and reefer must consider their cargo, temperature requirements and distribution route, among other factors.’
    • ‘When the door opens, the refer shuts off, when the door closes, the reefer turns back on increasing shelf life.’
    • ‘Crews in Salinas would load a modified boxcar, a reefer, with cartons of lettuce and crushed ice.’
    • ‘Every freezer case and reefer unit looked like someone had smacked a cart into the chrome, hard.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

reefer

/ˈriːfə/