grease

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

noun

verb (used with object), greased, greasing.

Idioms

    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
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British Dictionary definitions for grease

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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Idioms and Phrases with grease

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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