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  • (abbreviation): Gr.


From Latin Graecus, from Ancient Greek Γραικός (Graikós, a character in Greek mythology) (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς (Hellás, Greece), and Ἕλληνες (Héllēnes), were also named after; see also Ἕλλην (Héllēn) and Hellen.



Greek (countable and uncountable, plural Greeks)

  1. (countable) An inhabitant, resident, or a person of descent from Greece.
  2. (US, countable) A member of a college fraternity or sorority, which are commonly characterised by being named after Greek letters. (See also Greek system)
    "Was Joe a Greek in college?"
  3. (uncountable) Unintelligible speech or text, such as foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the listener is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon; or statements that the listener does not understand or agree with.
    • 1821, Mary Jane Mackenzie, Geraldine, or Modes of faith and practice[1], page 8:
      "I don't hear one word in ten that they say," continued Mrs. Abingdon; "it's Greek to me. However, ..."
    • 1859, Kinahan Cornwallis, Two journeys to Japan, 1856-7, Volume 2[2], page 246:
      "It's all Greek to me," said my companion at the outset, but as the warrior continued, his fears arose within him; it might be sentence of death — what did he know what it might not be?
    • 1951 December, “Which Kind of Life Insurance Policy?”, Changing Times - The Kiplinger Magazine, volume 5, number 12, page 28: 
      ...preferred maintenance...20-pay life. That's a bare sampling of the merchandise you're asked to pick and choose from. If it sounds like Greek to you, don't worry. It sounds like Greek to most people.
  4. (uncountable, slang) Anal sex.
    • 2001, "(unknown)", ASP: "Julie" of Oral-Land-Oh (on newsgroup
      She is absolutely a total GFE, no limits, except no Greek. (Well...I say “no Greek” - - if she is really hot for you, and if she is really turned on in a long session, she might beg for a finger in her anus while you suck her clit, but she is just too tiny and tight for any “real meat” in the backdoor.)


Proper noun[edit]


  1. The language of the Greek people, spoken in Greece and in Greek communities.
  2. The writing system used in Greek language.

Usage notes[edit]

In writings about the modern world, Greek is used primarily for the modern language currently spoken in Greece, and Ancient Greek will be used for older forms of the language. In the classics and other pre-modern studies, Greek will be used for the old forms of the language, and if the modern language is mentioned, it will be called Modern Greek.

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Greek (comparative Greeker, superlative Greekest)

  1. Of or relating to Greece, the Greek people, or the Greek language.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. []. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. (US) Of or pertaining to a fraternity or sorority.
  3. Unintelligible, especially regarding foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the speaker is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon.


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Greek edition of Wiktionary


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