from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Smoking material, such as Indian hemp, used especially in the Maghreb.
  • n. The euphoria caused by smoking this material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of cannabis smoked in Morocco and Algeria, for narcotic or intoxicating effect.
  • n. The trichome of marijuana, a green powdery substance that falls from dry marijuana high in THC and other cannabinoid compounds.


Colloquial Arabic kēf, from Arabic kayf, kef, condition, pleasure, opiate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Moroccan Arabic كيف (kīf). (Wiktionary)



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  • Kif is a word for marijuana.
    Also the name of one of my kittens once.

    January 31, 2008

  • I remember "kif" from Sam Kashner's memoir about the Beatniks. Someone yells into a phone Sam called his mom on, "This boy refuses our kif"

    December 10, 2007