- the fat and juices that drip from cooking meat, often thickened, seasoned, flavored, etc., and used as a sauce for meat, potatoes, rice, etc.
- profit or money easily obtained or received unexpectedly.
- money illegally or dishonestly acquired, especially through graft.
- something advantageous or valuable that is received or obtained as a benefit beyond what is due or expected.
Origin of gravy
Examples from the Web for gravy
Contemporary Examples of gravy
I promised never again to wax lyrical about the fries in gravy.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
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
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
June 21, 2014
Dinner at the American Jewish Congress gala at Cipriani in midtown Manhattan was a thick slice of brisket covered in gravy.Hillary Woos the Jews
March 20, 2014
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
Historical Examples of gravy
Serve them up hot, with the gravy in the bottom of the dish.
Then put it into the gravy soup, add the wine, and let it come to a boil.
Take the gravy that you poured from the meat, and skim off all the fat.
Having skimmed the gravy, mix some thin melted butter with it.
Then skim off the fat, and strain the gravy into a clean sauce-pan.
- the juices that exude from meat during cooking
- the sauce made by thickening and flavouring such juices
- slang money or gain acquired with little effort, esp above that needed for ordinary living
- slang wonderful; excellentit's all gravy
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.