Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer1

noun

informal
  • 1A marijuana cigarette.

    • ‘We are experimenting to find the best method of switching [users] from reefers to other opiates.’
    • ‘One reefer, one pill is not on - it's going to impair your ability to drive.’
    • ‘Chancellor Kiryl sighed a bit, took a long puff on his reefer, and blew the smoke out in a long, thin gray cloud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can confirm a 17-year-old from Great Harwood was cautioned for possession of a reefer containing cannabis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Establishments sell grass openly and the customers (Vietnamese rarely smoke) roll and lazily smoke reefers like a cigarette.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Una Persson settled a slim, perfect reefer into her holder and fished her Meredith from her top pocket.’
    • ‘The man proceeded to roll a reefer, clearly spreading out the tobacco and cannabis without apparently any sense of doing anything wrong.’
    • ‘He was sprawled over a comfortable looking chair, a reefer stuck in the corner of his mouth and smoldering softly.’
    • ‘There were a couple of half-smoked reefers just left lying in the gutter by some kids who probably got spooked by some headlights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thought Jamaica was all sun, giant reefers and smooooth, silky reggae beats.’
    • ‘They put a cannabis reefer between his fingers.’
    • ‘Hide hand-rolled cigarettes and an occasional reefer from folks at church.’
    cannabis cigarette, marijuana cigarette
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    1. 1.1 Marijuana.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In some ways, this reefer madness is not exactly news.’
      • ‘Jeff Sessions was deeply offended by the KKK's embrace of reefer madness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She experiments with reefer, makes eyes at the check-out boy and starts talking frankly about sexuality to son Tim, who is justifiably disgusted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I got Rico some reefer and some wine and invited him to my house and taped material, and then I recorded it.’
      • ‘Are our hospitals filled with raving pot smokers, insane from reefer madness?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Unfortunately, at 14, Michael was interested in smoking reefer, petty larceny, hookers, LSD and basketball.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was smoking reefer before I played music ever.’
      • ‘Tonight TV has a chronic case of reefer madness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since the 1980s, reefer madness in these rolling hills has grown as fast as a marijuana plant in the Appalachian spring.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Terms from years ago, such as pot, herb, grass, weed, Mary Jane and reefer, are still used.’
      • ‘This, it seems, isn't worth mentioning, but the reefer madness is - as though the consumption of marijuana must be responsible for the assault.’
      • ‘Chalk them up to adrenaline crashes, too much rage and reefer and booze.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘By comparison, 9.3 percent of Americans are mad for reefer, 10.6 percent of Britons, and a whopping 15 percent of Australians.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Soon, everyone is blowing reefer and getting frisky, and it doesn't take long for clothes - and inhibitions - to hit the floor.’
      • ‘We were standing around it drinking beer and smoking reefer.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

reefer

/ˈrēfər//ˈrifər/

Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer2

noun

  • 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.’

Pronunciation

reefer

/ˈrēfər//ˈrifər/

Main definitions of reefer in English

: reefer1reefer2reefer3

reefer3

noun

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

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

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

reefer

/ˈrēfər//ˈrifər/