reefer

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From reef +‎ -er.

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reefer (plural reefers)

  1. (nautical) Someone who reefs sails, especially a midshipman.
    • 1922, Katherine Mansfield, ‘Prelude’, Oxford 2002 (Selected Stories), p. 85:
      Her reefer cap was all on one side and on her cheek there was the print of an anchor button she had pressed on while sleeping.
  2. A reefer jacket; a close-fitting jacket or short coat of thick cloth.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened form of refrigerator.

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reefer (plural reefers)

  1. (colloquial, chiefly US) A refrigerated, insulated trailer or shipping container.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Origin uncertain. Perhaps compare regional Spanish grifa (cannabis) (Mexico), grifo (someone who smokes cannabis) (Central America).

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reefer (plural reefers)

  1. (slang) A marijuana cigarette.
  2. (slang, uncountable) marijuana.
    • 1982, Grandmaster Flash, "The Message":
      Daddy I don't want to go to school because the teacher's a jerk, he must think I'm a fool and all the kids smoke reefer, I think it'd be cheaper if I just got a job learned to be a street sweeper.
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