[ greek ]
/ grik /
noting or pertaining to the alphabetical script derived from a Semitic form of writing, employing some letters that originally represented consonants for use as vowel sounds, which was used from about the beginning of the first millennium b.c. for the writing of Greek, and from which the Latin, Cyrillic, and other alphabets were derived.
a native or inhabitant of Greece.
the language of the ancient Greeks and any of the languages that have developed from it, as Hellenistic Greek, Biblical Greek, the Koine, and Modern Greek. Abbreviation: Gk, Gk.
Informal. anything unintelligible, as speech, writing, etc.: This contract is all Greek to me.
a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
a person who belongs to a Greek-letter fraternity or sorority.
Archaic: Usually Offensive. a cheater, especially one who cheats at cards.
Origin of Greek
before 900; Middle English; Old English Grēcas (plural) < Latin Graecī the Greeks (nominative plural of Graecus) < Greek Graikoí, plural of Graikós Greek
OTHER WORDS FROM Greek
Greek·dom, nounGreek·ish, adjectivean·ti-Greek, adjective, nounhalf-Greek, adjective
non-Greek, adjective, nounpre-Greek, adjective, nounpro-Greek, adjective, nounpseu·do-Greek, adjective, nounqua·si-Greek, adjective
usage note for Greek
The noun Greek in its archaic meaning of “cheater” is usually perceived as insulting to or by Greeks.
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British Dictionary definitions for gk.
/ (ɡriːk) /
the official language of Greece, constituting the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languagesSee Ancient Greek, Late Greek, Medieval Greek, Modern Greek
a native or inhabitant of Greece or a descendant of such a native
a member of the Greek Orthodox Church
informal anything incomprehensible (esp in the phrase it's (all) Greek to me)
Greek meets Greek equals meet
denoting, relating to, or characteristic of Greece, the Greeks, or the Greek language; Hellenic
of, relating to, or designating the Greek Orthodox Church
Derived forms of GreekGreekness, noun
Word Origin for Greek
from Old English Grēcas (plural), or Latin Graecus, from Greek Graikos
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