Greaser meaning

grēsər, -zər
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(slang) A poor or working-class youth, esp. in the 1950s, often characterized as being rough in manner, wearing a leather jacket, riding a motorcycle, etc.
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(slang) A tough young man, especially one from a white working-class background who is much involved with motorcycles or cars.
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(offensive slang) Used as a disparaging term for a person of Latin, especially Latin American or Italian, descent.
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A person or thing that greases.
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Someone or something that greases (applies grease).
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One who greases, such as a worker who greases working parts in a machine.
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(slang) A person of Latin American, specif. Mexican, origin.
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(slang) A mechanic.
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(slang) A biker, a tough.
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(US, offensive, ethnic slur) A Latin American, especially a Mexican.
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(US, offensive, ethnic slur) An Italian.
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Origin of greaser

  • 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.

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