from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Soft or melted animal fat, especially after rendering.
  • n. A thick oil or viscous substance, especially when used as a lubricant.
  • n. The oily substance present in raw wool; suint.
  • n. Raw wool that has not been cleansed of this oily substance.
  • n. Slang Something, such as money or influence, that facilitates the attainment of an object or a desire: accepted some grease to fix the outcome of the race.
  • transitive v. To coat, smear, or soil with grease: greased the pie pan.
  • transitive v. To lubricate with grease.
  • transitive v. To facilitate the progress of.
  • transitive v. Slang To kill. See Regional Note at greasy.
  • idiom palm Slang To bribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Animal fat in a melted or soft state
  • n. Any oily or fatty matter.
  • n. Shorn but not yet cleansed wool
  • n. Inflammation of a horse's heels, also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis.
  • v. To put grease or fat on something, especially in order to lubricate.
  • v. To bribe.
  • v. To perform a landing extraordinarily smoothly.
  • v. To kill, murder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Animal fat, as tallow or lard, especially when in a soft state; oily or unctuous matter of any kind.
  • n. An inflammation of a horse's heels, suspending the ordinary greasy secretion of the part, and producing dryness and scurfiness, followed by cracks, ulceration, and fungous excrescences.
  • transitive v. To smear, anoint, or daub, with grease or fat; to lubricate.
  • transitive v. To bribe; to corrupt with presents.
  • transitive v. To cheat or cozen; to overreach.
  • transitive v. To affect (a horse) with grease, the disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Animal fat in a soft state; oily or unctuous animal matter of any kind, as tallow, suet, or lard; particularly, the fatty matter of land-animals, as distinguished from the oily matter of marine animals.
  • n. In hunting, the fat of a hart, boar, wolf, fox, badger, hare, rabbit, etc., with reference to the season (called grease-time) when they are fat and fit for killing, and are said to be in grease or (formerly) of grease.
  • n. In farriery, a swelling and inflammation in a horse's legs attended with the secretion of oily matter and cracks in the skin.
  • n. To suffer by one's own presumption or folly; endure without mitigation or relief the evil consequences of one's own acts.
  • To smear or anoint with grease or fat.
  • To bribe; corrupt with payments or gifts. [Obsolete or rare.]
  • To gull; cheat.
  • To cause to run easily, as if in a greased channel.
  • In farriery, to affect with the disease called grease.
  • Did you not grease the sealers of Leadenhall throughly in the fiste, they would never be sealed, but turned away. Greene, Quip for an Upstart Courtier (Harl. Misc., V. 411).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being covered with unclean things
  • v. lubricate with grease
  • n. a thick fatty oil (especially one used to lubricate machinery)


Middle English grese, from Anglo-Norman grece, from Vulgar Latin *crassia, from Latin crassus, fat, thick.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman grece, from Old French graisse, from Latin crassusĀ ("fat, thick"). (Wiktionary)


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