[ grey-vee ]
/ ˈgreɪ vi /

noun, plural gra·vies.

the fat and juices that drip from cooking meat, often thickened, seasoned, flavored, etc., and used as a sauce for meat, potatoes, rice, etc.
  1. profit or money easily obtained or received unexpectedly.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. gravity wave,
  2. gravity wind,
  3. gravlax,
  4. gravol,
  5. gravure,
  6. gravy boat,
  7. gravy train,
  8. gravy train, ride the,
  9. gray,
  10. gray area

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gravy

British Dictionary definitions for gravy


/ (ˈɡreɪvɪ) /

noun plural -vies

  1. the juices that exude from meat during cooking
  2. 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

C14: from Old French gravé, of uncertain origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper