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  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.
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Origin of greaser

First recorded in 1635–45; grease + -er1
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Examples from the Web for greaser

Historical Examples

  • The orders were: "Fire at will, and make every shot bring down a greaser!"

    For the Liberty of Texas

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • An' you're askin' me to believe it on the word of a greaser with a rope around his neck.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • He's a Greaser or an Italian, and, I reckon, goes with his kind.

  • The greaser made such a disturbance that the jailer let him keep it.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss

  • You—you make me wish that greaser had finished me, down at the well.

    Play the Game!

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for 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


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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