1. (orig. W.I., esp. Rasta) a marijuana or hashish cigarette [spiflicate v.; i.e. the effects].
|Daily Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica) 3 Oct. 35: Here is the hot-bed of ganja smoking ... and even the children may be seen at times taking what is better known as their ‘spliff’ [OED].|
|Hills were Joyful Together (1966) 214: He was smoking a spliff. He could smell the weed.|
|Absolute Beginners 76: He’d just been dragging on a splif inside the toilet.|
|Late Emancipation of Jerry Stover (1982) 97: ‘You feel up to a secon’ spliff?’ he asked cautiously.|
|Kings Road 133: Pass me my bag, there’s another spliff in it.|
|Harder They Come 284: At lunch time every day Chin smoked a single spliff.|
|‘King of The Streets’ [lyrics] Selling dope, smoke, smack, and crack a lack a lack, the sess mess spliff, or the chunk, chunky black.|
|Yardie 26: D. was busy drawing on a spliff of prime sensimillia.|
|Urban Dict. [Internet] spleef A rolled marajuana [sic] cigarette.|
|Powder 82: When did serial pot-smoking ever help sharpen the senses? Long Richard was never without a spliff on the go.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 157: What about de ganja, mon [...] Are we goin’ to smoke de spleefs.|
|Urban Grimshaw 44: All right to make a spliff, Frank, mate?|
|‘Greedy’ [lyrics] I don’t want a hit of it, I want the whole spliff.|
|Life 14: There was time to light up a spliff.|
|‘Pop That’ [lyrics] Sorry that’s a habit, smoke a spliff, and then I vanish.|
2. (US campus) a particle of food lodged between teeth [ety. unknown].
|Campus Sl. Mar. 5: spleef – [...] any particle of food caught between the teeth: After finishing her corn on the cob, Sara smiled and proudly displayed her yellow spleefs.|
3. (UK prison) a hand-rolled cigarette; a cigarette-paper.
|‘Prison Lang.’ in Michaels & Ricks (1980) 525: Tobacco [...] is smoked in a roll-up or spliff, the paper of which is called a skin.|
|danny: The joint I am about to roll requires a craftsman and can utilize up to twelve spliffs. It is called a Camberwell carrot. marwood: It’s impossible to use 12 papers on one joint. danny: It is impossible to roll a Camberwell carrot with anything less.Withnail and I [film script]|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 5: spleef – marijuana.|
|Grits 9: Ther all wirkin up an appetite in thuh front room with spliff an videos.|
|in Dusted Mag. at Trikont.com [Internet] As capitalism and debauchery proceeded from flirtation to full-tilt codependency, the media needed a patsy. The dew was scapegoated for political reasons outside the scope of, uh, a record review, let’s say that’s what established the spliff’s furtive aura.|
|Skins ser. 1 ep. 1 [TV script] We’ll have a shed-load of spliff.|
|‘Third Rail’ [lyrics] A video with a hella weed in it / So they see CE ain’t afraid of no spliff.|
5. (US black) a male friend or companion [ety. unknown].
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] spliff Definition: male companion or friend; term used to greet someone Example: Yo spliff, ima smoke some of this phat cheeba!|
(drugs) a smoker of cannabis.
|Three Plays (1984) II i: Maybe we draw a picture, eh? [...] small weedy spliff-man, eh?‘Revo’ in|
|Yes We have No 177: A bunch of spliffheads, musicians and girls of bad intentions.|
to roll a cannabis cigarette.
|personal communication: Let me show you how I build my spliff.|
|Curvy Lovebox 130: I start billin’ up a little spliff of leb.|
|‘Ladies Hit Squad’ [lyrics] After we done, bill a spliff and cotch / Pour me a glass of the Henny on the rocks.|
|‘I Got the Bag’ [lyrics] We living, we billin, fat blunts, weed spilling.|