grease paint

  1. an oily mixture of melted tallow or grease and a pigment, used by actors, clowns, etc., for making up their faces.

  2. theatrical makeup.

Origin of grease paint

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby grease paint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use grease paint in a sentence

  • It made her comb her hair all awry and apply the grease-paint to her cheeks with a trembling hand.

    The Bill-Toppers | Andre Castaigne
  • Mr. Tree gave him one by taking a stick of grease paint and sketching it in outline on the glass.

  • The idea is, of course, to keep powder, grease paint and cold cream from getting into and soiling the hair.

  • Make a few dots with the carmine grease paint stick on each cheek and on the end of the chin.

  • That's what eats the heart out of me, mother; and makes me hate my face every time I sit down to put on the grease paint.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays | Sir James M. Barrie

British Dictionary definitions for greasepaint


/ (ˈɡriːsˌpeɪnt) /

  1. a waxy or greasy substance used as make-up by actors

  2. theatrical make-up

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