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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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  • Suddenly he picked up an axe, and began chopping at the rotten log above the hole where greaser had slipped out.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
  • He's a greaser or an Italian, and, I reckon, goes with his kind.

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

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

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
  • One greaser hopped the engine an' covered the engineer an' fireman.

  • The orders were: "Fire at will, and make every shot bring down a greaser!"

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • Now go easy, like an honest greaser who is going about his legitimate business.

    George at the Fort Harry Castlemon
  • 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
  • There was a sputter and a cloud of steam, greaser lazily swore in Mexican; he got up to move the stew-pot and dropped the lasso.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
  • "The experiments can be conducted right here," said greaser reassuringly.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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