[ gree-ser ]
/ ˈgri sər /


a person or thing that greases.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Latin American, especially a Mexican.
Slang. a swaggering young tough, especially a member of a street gang.

Nearby words

  1. grease someone's palm,
  2. grease the wheels,
  3. greaseball,
  4. greasepaint,
  5. greaseproof paper,
  6. greasewood,
  7. greasies,
  8. greasy,
  9. greasy spoon,
  10. greasy wool

Origin of greaser

First recorded in 1635–45; grease + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for greaser


/ (ˈɡriːzə, ˈɡriːsə) /

noun British slang

a mechanic, esp of motor vehicles
a semiskilled engine attendant aboard a merchant ship
a young long-haired motorcyclist, usually one of a gang
an unpleasant person, esp one who ingratiates himself with superiors
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Word Origin and History for greaser



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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