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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.
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Origin of grease paint

First recorded in 1885–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of grease paint

  • What you have just put on is known as a grease-paint makeup.

    The Art of Stage Dancing

    Ned Wayburn

  • The crowd of "supers" were prompt with grease-paint to make their colour more Egyptian.


    Frank Fox

  • The poet has the look of a cowboy off the stage, tanned with grease-paint.

    Drum Taps

    Walt Whitman

  • 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

  • A wig, a stick of grease-paint, a threepenny twist of crepe hair, and there you are!