Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bowl n.


1. an opium pipe.

[US]‘Boxcar Bertha’ Sister of the Road (1975) 115: This particular outfit, or ‘layout,’ consisted of six bowls and four stems, three small traveling lamps that burned peanut oil, a dozen yen hoks, (like a crochet hook, but finer and more flexible, used for preparing the opium pill) and three yen shee gows, steel instruments for removing the yen shee or ash from the inside of the bowl.

2. a pipe used for smoking marijuana; thus a pipeful of marijuana [? imported by veterans of the Vietnam War (1964–75), where pipes, rather than cigarettes were the preferred means of smoking].

[US]Current Sl. VI 3: Digging the bowls, v. To smoke marijuana from a pipe.
[US](con. 1969–70) D. Bodey F.N.G. (1988) 36: This time I take the bowl when it comes around.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 72: Jerry filled a bowl and lit it.
[US]P. Beatty Sellout (2016) 7: I clear my pipe with two loud raps on the mahagony table [and] stuff the bowl with homegrown.

3. a pipe of crack cocaine.

[US]R. Shell Iced 127: It’s the same feeling I keep chasing after; rock after rock, bowl after bowl.

In phrases

bokin a smowl (n.) [joc. reversal of ‘smoking a bowl’]

(US drugs) the smoking of a pipe or other container filled with cannabis.

Da Joint Dict. [Internet] Bokin a Smowl – Smokin a bowl.
smoke a bowl (v.) (also smoke some bowl)

to smoke marijuana.

[US]Sat. Review 27: The good or interesting stories are these: ‘Smoke a Bowl of Tea,’ by David Goldman, a first-person narrative of a day in the [life] of a hipster.
M.M. Smith When the Emperor Dies 64: He would smoke a bowl or take a glass with anyone.
[US] P. Munro Sl. U.
S. Peters What a Long, Strange Trip 228: A chance to take a little stroll or sit and smoke a bowl before a gig’s final stretch.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 19: Smoke a bowl — Marijuana.
posting at 18 Dec. [Internet] Just smoke some bowl and lean on your friends and try your best to get over it.
‘The Class of ’08’ at [Internet] Party Hardy, rock n’ roll, drink bacardi, / smoke some bowl....we have fun n stay out late, / cuz we’re the class of 2008.
YouTube Nov. [Internet] I’m high as a motherfucker right now [...] I just smoked a bowl to this song [by Bob Marley].

SE in slang uses

In phrases