reefer

1 [ree-fer]
noun
1.
Nautical. a person who reefs.
2.
a short, close-fitting coat or jacket of thick cloth, similar to a pea jacket.
3.
a woman's tailored, fitted, single- or double-breasted coat of durable material with a collar.

Origin:
1820–30; reef2 + -er1

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reefer

2 [ree-fer]
noun Slang.
a marijuana cigarette.

Origin:
1930–35; probably < Mexican Spanish grifa; see griefo

reefer

3 [ree-fer]
noun Informal.
1.
a refrigerator, especially one large enough to be walked into.
2.
a refrigerator car, ship, truck, etc.

Origin:
1910–15; alteration and shortening of refrigerator

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reefer1 (ˈriːfə)
 
n
1.  nautical a person who reefs, such as a midshipman
2.  another name for reefing jacket
3.  slang a hand-rolled cigarette, esp one containing cannabis
 
[C19: from reef²; applied to the cigarette because of its resemblance to the rolled reef of a sail]

reefer2 (ˈriːfə)
 
n
a ship, lorry, or other form of transport designed to carry refrigerated cargo
 
[C20: shortened and adapted from refrigerator]

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reefer
"marijuana cigarette," 1920s, perhaps an alteration of Mex.Sp. grifo "marijuana, drug addict;" or perhaps from reef (2), on resemblance to a rolled sail.
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reefer reef·er (rē'fər)
n.
Marijuana, especially a marijuana cigarette.

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