noun, plural gra·vies.
- profit or money easily obtained or received unexpectedly.
- money illegally or dishonestly acquired, especially through graft.
- gravity wave,
- gravity wind,
- gravy boat,
- gravy train,
- gravy train, ride the,
- gray area
Origin of gravy
Examples from the Web for gravy
I promised never again to wax lyrical about the fries in gravy.
The house version of chicken fried steak is, in fact, pork-fried steak, veiled in panko breadcrumbs under a mantle of gravy.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café|Jane & Michael Stern|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tomato sauce is ‘gravy’ to many Italian-Americans of a certain class.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dinner at the American Jewish Congress gala at Cipriani in midtown Manhattan was a thick slice of brisket covered in gravy.
Gravy Boat Caity Weaver, Gawker My week on the high seas with Paula Deen.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, February 15, 2014||February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pour the gravy hot round the cutlets, and garnish with little bunches of curled parsley.
Remove the upper crust of pastry and fill the dish with the oysters and gravy.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)|Mrs. F.L. Gillette
If hot slightly thicken the gravy, season to taste and serve.365 Luncheon Dishes|Anonymous
For a grand dinner, the gravy may be made one or two and even three days in advance; then simmer it for five or six hours.
Strain the gravy in which it was stewed, and stir into it two glasses of madeira, and the juice and grated peel of a lemon.
noun plural -vies
- the juices that exude from meat during cooking
- the sauce made by thickening and flavouring such juices
Word Origin for gravy
late 14c. (early 14c. in Anglo-French), from Old French grané (with -n- misread for -u- -- the character used for -v- in medial positions in words in medieval manuscripts) "sauce, stew," probably originally "properly grained, seasoned," from Latin granum "grain, seed" (see corn (n.1)). See discussion in OED. Meaning "money easily acquired" first attested 1910; gravy train (1927) was originally railroad slang for a short haul that paid well.