from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who greases, such as a worker who greases working parts in a machine.
- n. Slang A tough young man, especially one from a white working-class background who is much involved with motorcycles or cars.
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Latin American, especially a Mexican.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone or something that greases (applies grease).
- n. A mechanic.
- n. A biker, a tough.
- n. A Latin American, especially a Mexican.
- n. An Italian.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, greases; specifically, a person employed to lubricate the working parts of machinery, engines, carriages, etc.
- n. A nickname sometimes applied in contempt to a Mexican or other Latin-American of the lowest type; -- derogatory and offensive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which greases, as the person who oils or lubricates machinery, engines, etc.
- n. A native Mexican or native Spanish American: originally applied contemptuously by Americans in the south western United States to the Mexicans.
- n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Mexican descent
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. (Wiktionary)