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[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.
Origin of greaser
1635-45; grease + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for greaser
  • greaser commented that, during the past few weeks, there was drama with some applicants.
  • Perchloroethylene is used as a de-greaser to remove residual oil in metal cutting, and as a dry cleaning agent.
  • Long ago, horseshoe cleats were cool for guys to wear, if you were a greaser punk.
  • There were also street musicians, clothing vendors, and barbers to give guests the appropriate razor or greaser coiffeur.
British Dictionary definitions for greaser


/ˈɡriːzə; ˈɡriːsə/
noun (Brit, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for greaser


  1. greaseball •Used esp in referring to a Mexican or an Italian (1849+)
  2. A hoodlum, petty thief, etc; punk: Stradazzi. Looks like a greaser, too (1950s+ Teenagers)
  3. A very smooth landing (1980+ Aviators)

[second sense fr the grease used for their typical combed-back hairstyle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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