greaser

[gree-ser]
noun
  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.
  3. Slang. a swaggering young tough, especially a member of a street gang.

Origin of greaser

First recorded in 1635–45; grease + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for greaser

greaser

noun British slang
  1. a mechanic, esp of motor vehicles
  2. a semiskilled engine attendant aboard a merchant ship
  3. a young long-haired motorcyclist, usually one of a gang
  4. an unpleasant person, esp one who ingratiates himself with superiors
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Word Origin and History for greaser
n.

early 14c. (as a surname), "one who smears salve on a sheep," agent noun from grease (v.). As derogatory American English slang for "native Mexican or Latin American," first attested 1849, so called from appearance. Greaseball in same sense from 1934.

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