[ gree-ser ]

  1. a person or thing that greases.

  2. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Latin American, especially a Mexican.

  1. Slang. a swaggering young tough, especially a member of a street gang.

Origin of greaser

First recorded in 1635–45; grease + -er1

Words Nearby greaser Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use greaser in a sentence

  • There were infinite possibilities for "the greaser" to pocket a goodly share of the profits, and "cover up his tracks."

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • What chiefly infuriated him was that the insult should come from one whom he considered a "greaser," a man of inferior race.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • "A greaser crept up behind me, sir, and threw a noose that got tangled around my windpipe," replied Private Simms.

  • I'll wait my own time to make you apologize humbly for that, you contemptible, cowardly greaser!

  • An instant after the words were out Lieutenant Hal regretted the use of the word greaser.

British Dictionary definitions for greaser


/ (ˈɡriːzə, ˈɡriːsə) /

nounBritish slang
  1. a mechanic, esp of motor vehicles

  2. a semiskilled engine attendant aboard a merchant ship

  1. a young long-haired motorcyclist, usually one of a gang

  2. an unpleasant person, esp one who ingratiates himself with superiors

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