grebo

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Particularly: “Possibly a diminutive of "greaser"?”

Noun[edit]

grebo (plural grebos)

  1. (slang, Britain, predominantly West Midlands) A greaser or biker; a member of any alternative subculture, as opposed to a chav or townie.
    • 1998, "Bill Jillians", alt.journalism.gonzo (Internet newsgroup)
      The highlight of my school days was one day in the mid-70s. There was a sort of glam-rock cult called the Grebos back then who wore smartish Disco clothes []
    • 2002, Glyn Brown, Baxter Dury: Chip off the old Blockhead (The Independent on Sunday)
      But the realistic side stepped in — y'know, if you're on the point of giving birth, you don't really need a bunch of grebos playing some dodgy old music downstairs.
  2. (slang, Britain) A member of a United Kingdom subculture of the late 1980s and early 1990s, musically affiliated with garage rock and electronica, typically wearing baggy clothes and hair in high ponytails.
    • 1995, Colin Larkin, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
      ...they were soon pigeonholed under the banner of "grebo rock" []
    • 2002, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide to Rock
      ...focused on the hyper punk aspect of England's "grebo" movement []
    • 2003, Peter Buckley, Jonathan Buckley, The Rough Guide to Rock
      This debut album is a glorious grebo-fest.

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