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.
- Rhymes: -iːsə(r)
greaser (plural greasers)
- Someone or something that greases (applies grease).
- (slang) A mechanic.
- (slang) A biker, a tough.
- (US, offensive, ethnic slur) A Latin American, especially a Mexican.
- (US, offensive, ethnic slur) An Italian.