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[grees-bawl] /ˈgrisˌbɔl/
noun, Slang.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Mediterranean or Latin American descent.
a person having oily or slicked-back hair.
greaser (def 3).
Origin of greaseball
1930-35; grease + ball1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for greaseball
  • He's a greaseball of the highest degree, but that's every politician ever.
Slang definitions & phrases for greaseball


  1. A dark-skinned, dark-haired person of Mediterranean or Latin American origin; dago, greaser: taking knives away from greaseballs in zoot suits/ This time the greaseball smacked her. They were taking turns smacking her (1915+)
  2. A dirty tramp (1920s+ Hoboes)
  3. A cook or kitchen worker (WWII Navy)
  4. A hamburger stand or concession (1940s+ Circus)
  5. An actor who uses too much makeup or greasepaint (1920s+ Theater)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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