boom, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, literally ‘tree’; perhaps from tree of knowledge; see quotations 1949 and 1952.
slang
1. dagga noun2 sense 1. Also attributive.
1946 H.C. Bosman in L. Abrahams Cask of Jerepigo (1972) 203A practice indulged in by every unregenerate South African criminal — white, native, coloured or Indian — is that of dagga (‘boom’) smoking.
1988 P. Wilhelm in Staffrider Vol.8 No.3, 77We bought from him dagga, the weed, boom: that which I had always associated with precipitation into blackness.
2. combinations
boom boy, dagga-rooker;
boomskuif /-skeɪf/ [Afrikaans, skuif see skyf], zol noun sense 1 a;
boomstop /-stɔp/ [Afrikaans, stop see stop], stop sense 1 a;
boom tea, an infusion of marijuana.
1974 Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.5 No.1, 11For the rokers — the boom-boys — hand rolling is essential unless the boom and snout are mixed in a pipe...The boom-skuif is held firmly between the fingers closer to the knuckle than normally and the smoke is then drawn in through cupped hands.
1971 Cape Times 20 July 1She and a boy friend went to a party..They went into a barn..and drank ‘boom tea’ (tea made from dagga). Some of them were ‘feeling a bit funny’.
dagganoun1. Also attributive.
Derivatives:
Hence boomed /ˈbʊəmd/, boomed up /ˈbʊəmd ˈʌp/, adjective, blue adjective sense 2; boomy /ˈbʊəmi/ adjective, habitually intoxicated as a result of smoking marijuana.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 47‘Blue’ was the most usual way of talking about one being under the spell of dagga, but there were other expressions, like ‘geswael’, ‘boomed up’.
1983 Informant, Cape TownWhole bloody pack of boomy ones that lot — boomed up the whole time.

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