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puff the magic dragon




From the name of a song, Puff, the Magic Dragon (1963), reinterpreting puff as a verb.


puff the magic dragon

  1. (slang, humorous) To smoke marijuana.
    • 2006, Richard Greener, The Lacey Confession
      Sure, he puffed the magic dragon — who didn't? — but no cocaine, no heroin.

Usage NoteEdit

This has come from a misuse and/or misunderstanding of a children's song by the same name. Singer Peter Yarrow has always maintained that it was not intended for the song to carry this meaning.