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  • n. A person of Italian descent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a person of Italian descent; -- used as a derogatory ethnic slur, and considered offensive.

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

  • n. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent


Derived from the fact that Italian-Americans are stereotyped as having greasy or greased-up hair, e.g. John Travolta in Grease and Saturday Night Fever. (Wiktionary)



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