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From Jamaican Creole, possibly a blend of split, referring to the ready-made wrap + whiff, referring to the smell of the smoke.[1]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /splɪf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪf


spliff (plural spliffs)

  1. (slang, Jamaican, Britain) A cannabis cigarette.
    • 1992, Victor Headley, Yardie, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993, p. 167,[2]
      Pablo switched off the wipers and struck a match to light the spliff he had just finished building.
    • 2001, Niall Griffiths, Sheepshagger, New York: Thomas Dunne, 2002, p. 104,[3]
      Danny takes another toke on the spliff and then passes it over to Griff, who accepts it and draws deep on it and then points with the lit end across the room at Gwenno like some strange weatherman indicating a pocket of high pressure.
    • 2016, Kei Miller, Augustown, New York: Pantheon, Chapter 1, pp. 14-15,
      “Well, well, well,” Ma Taffy says, sitting back and returning the spliff to her mouth. She exhales a cloud of ganja that envelops herself and the boy.




  1. ^ Richard Allsopp and Jeannette Allsopp (editors), Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage, Oxford University Press, 1996, p. 524.[1]