Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer1

noun

informal
  • 1A marijuana cigarette.

    • ‘Hide hand-rolled cigarettes and an occasional reefer from folks at church.’
    • ‘There were a couple of half-smoked reefers just left lying in the gutter by some kids who probably got spooked by some headlights.’
    • ‘One reefer, one pill is not on - it's going to impair your ability to drive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Una Persson settled a slim, perfect reefer into her holder and fished her Meredith from her top pocket.’
    • ‘Establishments sell grass openly and the customers (Vietnamese rarely smoke) roll and lazily smoke reefers like a cigarette.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘We are experimenting to find the best method of switching [users] from reefers to other opiates.’
    • ‘I can confirm a 17-year-old from Great Harwood was cautioned for possession of a reefer containing cannabis.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chancellor Kiryl sighed a bit, took a long puff on his reefer, and blew the smoke out in a long, thin gray cloud.’
    • ‘They put a cannabis reefer between his fingers.’
    • ‘A group of us were smoking a poorly rolled, filterless reefer up in the empty nosebleeds at the Coliseum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man proceeded to roll a reefer, clearly spreading out the tobacco and cannabis without apparently any sense of doing anything wrong.’
    • ‘I thought Jamaica was all sun, giant reefers and smooooth, silky reggae beats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was sprawled over a comfortable looking chair, a reefer stuck in the corner of his mouth and smoldering softly.’
    cannabis cigarette, marijuana cigarette
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    1. 1.1Marijuana.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘In some ways, this reefer madness is not exactly news.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This, it seems, isn't worth mentioning, but the reefer madness is - as though the consumption of marijuana must be responsible for the assault.’
      • ‘Jeff Sessions was deeply offended by the KKK's embrace of reefer madness.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Chalk them up to adrenaline crashes, too much rage and reefer and booze.’
      • ‘Are our hospitals filled with raving pot smokers, insane from reefer madness?’
      • ‘Tonight TV has a chronic case of reefer madness.’
      • ‘I got Rico some reefer and some wine and invited him to my house and taped material, and then I recorded it.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

reefer

/ˈrēfər/

Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer2

noun

  • 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.’

Pronunciation:

reefer

/ˈrēfər/

Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer3

noun

informal
  • A refrigerated truck, railroad car, or ship.

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

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

reefer

/ˈrēfər/