What does Greek mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Greek.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Greek, Hellenic, Hellenic language(noun)

    the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages

  2. Greek, Hellene(adj)

    a native or inhabitant of Greece

  3. Greek, Grecian, Hellenic(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks or the Greek language

    "Greek mythology"; "a Grecian robe"


  1. Greek(Noun)

    An inhabitant, resident, or a person of descent from Greece.

  2. Greek(Noun)

    A member of a college fraternity or sorority, which are commonly characterised by being named after Greek letters. (See also Greek system)

    "Was Joe a Greek in college?"

  3. Greek(Noun)

    Unintelligible speech or text, such as foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the listener is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon; or statements that the listener does not understand or agree with.

  4. Greek(Adjective)

    Of or relating to Greece, the Greek people, or the Greek language.

  5. Greek(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a fraternity or sorority.

  6. Greek(Adjective)

    unintelligible, especially regarding foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the speaker is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon.

  7. Greek(ProperNoun)

    The language of the Greek people, spoken in Greece and in Greek communities.

  8. Greek(ProperNoun)

    The writing system used in Greek language.

  9. greek(Noun)

    Nonsense writing or talk; gibberish

  10. greek(Noun)

    Anal sex.

    "Was Joe a Greek in college?"

  11. greek(Verb)

    to display a placeholder instead of text, especially to optimize speed in displaying text that would be too small to read

  12. greek(Verb)

    to fill a template with nonsense text (particularly the Lorem ipsum), so that form can be focused on instead of content

  13. Origin: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greek(adj)

    of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian

  2. Greek(noun)

    a native, or one of the people, of Greece; a Grecian; also, the language of Greece

  3. Greek(noun)

    a swindler; a knave; a cheat

  4. Greek(noun)

    something unintelligible; as, it was all Greek to me

  5. Origin: [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. Grecian.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Greek

    grēk, adj. Grecian.—n. a Grecian: the language of Greece: (B.) a Greek by race, or more frequently a Gentile as opposed to a Jew, a Hellenising Jew, a Jew naturalised in foreign countries: a cunning rogue, a merry fellow: any language of which one is ignorant, jargon, anything unintelligible.—adj. Greek′ish.—Greek architecture, the orders developed in ancient Greece (Corinthian, Doric, Ionic); Greek Church, the church of those Christians who follow the ancient rite of the East and accept the first seven councils, rejecting all later innovations and papal supremacy—it is called Orthodox by reason of its vindications of dogma, and Eastern from its geographical distribution; Greek cross (see Cross); Greek fire, a composition, burning either in or under water, supposed to have been made of asphalt, nitre, and sulphur, long kept secret by the Greeks of the Byzantine empire for their exclusive use in war; Greek gift, a treacherous gift (from Virgil's Æneid, ii. 49).—At the Greek calends, never, the Greeks having no calends.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Greek

    or Eastern Church, that section of the Church which formerly separated from the Roman or Western in 1054, which assumed an independent existence on account of the arrogant claims of the latter, and which acknowledges the authority of only the first seven general councils; they dissent from the filioque doctrine (q. v.), administer the Eucharist in both kinds to the laity, and are zealously conservative of the orthodoxy of the Church.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Greek' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3300

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Greek' in Nouns Frequency: #2218

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Greek' in Adjectives Frequency: #458


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Greek in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Greek in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.

  2. Fergal Smith:

    It's rallied this week helped by Greek optimism.

  3. Sigmar Gabriel:

    The Greek government needs to finally do something.

  4. Alastair Wilson:

    The impact of a Greek exit should not be underestimated.

  5. Klaus Regling:

    We want to help the Greek economy for the entire period.

Images & Illustrations of Greek

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