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[gree-ser] /ˈgri sər/
a person or thing that greases.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Latin American, especially a Mexican.
Slang. a swaggering young tough, especially a member of a street gang.
Origin of greaser
First recorded in 1635-45; grease + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for greaser
Historical Examples
  • The orders were: "Fire at will, and make every shot bring down a greaser!"

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • An' you're askin' me to believe it on the word of a greaser with a rope around his neck.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He's a greaser or an Italian, and, I reckon, goes with his kind.

  • The greaser made such a disturbance that the jailer let him keep it.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss
  • You—you make me wish that greaser had finished me, down at the well.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Just dine with a greaser and then you will shout, "I've hell on the inside as well as the out!"

    Cowboy Songs Various
  • "So the greaser took me for a calf," remarked Captain Broom.

    Frontier Boys on the Coast Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
  • "The experiments can be conducted right here," said greaser reassuringly.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • True, Johnny was not a greaser; but even ghosts might make mistakes once in a while.

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
  • That cluster-diamond on your finger; tell the greaser you lost it.

    Overland Tales

    Josephine Clifford
British Dictionary definitions for greaser


/ˈɡriːzə; ˈɡriːsə/
noun (Brit, slang)
a mechanic, esp of motor vehicles
a semiskilled engine attendant aboard a merchant ship
a young long-haired motorcyclist, usually one of a gang
an unpleasant person, esp one who ingratiates himself with superiors
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Word Origin and History for greaser

early 14c. (as a surname), "one who smears salve on a sheep," agent noun from grease (v.). As derogatory American English slang for "native Mexican or Latin American," first attested 1849, so called from appearance. Greaseball in same sense from 1934.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for greaser



  1. greaseball •Used esp in referring to a Mexican or an Italian (1849+)
  2. A hoodlum, petty thief, etc; punk: Stradazzi. Looks like a greaser, too (1950s+ Teenagers)
  3. A very smooth landing (1980+ Aviators)

[second sense fr the grease used for their typical combed-back hairstyle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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