[ noun grees; verb grees, greez ]
/ noun gris; verb gris, griz /


verb (used with object), greased, greasing.

Nearby words

  1. grazing,
  2. grazingly,
  3. grazioso,
  4. grb,
  5. gre,
  6. grease cup,
  7. grease gun,
  8. grease monkey,
  9. grease nipple,
  10. grease paint


    grease someone's palm. palm1(def 19).

Origin of grease

1250–1300; Middle English grese, grece, greice < Anglo-French grece, gresse, Old French craisse (French graisse) < Vulgar Latin *crassia, equivalent to Latin crass(us) fat, thick + -ia noun suffix

Related forms
Can be confusedgrease Greece Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grease


noun (ɡriːs, ɡriːz)

animal fat in a soft or melted condition
any thick fatty oil, esp one used as a lubricant for machinery, etc
Also called: grease wool shorn fleece before it has been cleaned
Also called: seborrhoea vet science inflammation of the skin of horses around the fetlocks, usually covered with an oily secretion

verb (ɡriːz, ɡriːs) (tr)

Derived Formsgreaseless, adjective

Word Origin for grease

C13: from Old French craisse, from Latin crassus thick

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Word Origin and History for grease
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Idioms and Phrases with grease


In addition to the idioms beginning with grease

  • grease someone's palm
  • grease the wheels

also see:

  • elbow grease
  • like greased lightning
  • squeaky wheel gets the grease
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