[ grey-vee ]
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noun,plural gra·vies.
  1. the fat and juices that drip from cooking meat, often thickened, seasoned, flavored, etc., and used as a sauce for meat, potatoes, rice, etc.

  2. Slang.

    • profit or money easily obtained or received unexpectedly.

    • money illegally or dishonestly acquired, especially through graft.

  1. something advantageous or valuable that is received or obtained as a benefit beyond what is due or expected.

Origin of gravy

1350–1400; 1905–10 for def. 2; Middle English gravé, gravey<Old French gravé, perhaps misreading of grané (compare grain spice) <Latin granātus full of grains. See grain, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for gravy


/ (ˈɡreɪvɪ) /

nounplural -vies
    • the juices that exude from meat during cooking

    • the sauce made by thickening and flavouring such juices

  1. slang money or gain acquired with little effort, esp above that needed for ordinary living

  1. slang wonderful; excellent: it's all gravy

Origin of gravy

C14: from Old French gravé, of uncertain origin

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