greaser

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

grease +‎ -er. Applied to mechanics because they frequently become greasy during the course of their work. Applied to toughs because they frequently greased their hair; applied, like "greaseball", to Italians for the same reason. Applied to Mexicans because, at the time the phrase originated, they commonly worked greasing the axles of carts.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

greaser (plural greasers)

  1. Someone or something that greases (applies grease).
  2. (slang) A mechanic.
  3. (slang) A biker, a tough.
  4. (US, offensive, ethnic slur) A Latin American, especially a Mexican.
  5. (US, offensive, ethnic slur) An Italian.

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