The Online Slang Dictionary
(American, English, and Urban slang)

Login     Register     Forgot password     Resend confirmation

Definition of grep

grep

verb - ambitransitive

  • in a non-computing context, to search.
    Could you grep the menu for something vegan while I go to the bathroom?
    This definition is questionable and is pending deletion. It will be saved from deletion if legitimate citations are found.

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • in a computing context, to search "manually" - i.e. by looking rather than using a computer program specifically intended for searching.
    I like GUIs because I can grep them visually for what I'm looking for.

    Last edited on Nov 10 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Nov 10 2011.

origin

  • From the name of a Unix utility used to scan files in search of particular content. ("Grep" itself means "global regular expression print".)

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

+Add a definition for this slang term

More info:

Interactive stats:

Related words

Slang terms with the same meaning

Other terms relating to 'computer slang':

Definitions include: This definition is questionable and is pending deletion.
Definitions include: to accidentally press a button or key adjacent to the desired one, e.g. while typing on a keyboard or entering a phone number.
Definitions include: pejorative name for Microsoft Windows.
Definitions include: a programming language with strict, static typing.
Definitions include: spelling variant of "hacker".
Definitions include: a mess, from "dog's breakfast."
Definitions include: "LOL" with the O replaced with an E.
Definitions include: acronym for "talk amongst yourselves".
Definitions include: acronym for "if you don't like it, get the fuck out".
Definitions include: an Internet "Law" (i.e. observation that often holds true) formulated by Mike Godwin.
Definitions include: the use of paid employees or contractors - or people who otherwise have a stake - to astroturf.
Definitions include: acronym for "LOLing on [the] floor laughing".
Definitions include: "thanks".
Definitions include: mainframe or mainframes.
Definitions include: "computer".

Other terms relating to 'to search':

Definitions include: an unattractive female or one with a bad reputation.
Definitions include: acronym for "Google that shit".
Definitions include: to use a search engine to get information about a current or past love interest.
Definitions include: to do an internet search on someone or something.
Definitions include: to search the ground for already-smoked yet salvageable cigarette butts. Note: usually performed by homeless.
Definitions include: misspelling of Google.
Definitions include: to figure out something unknown.

Slang terms with the same root words

None. How about some random words?

Definitions include: very clear, of a source of audio.
Definitions include: See the fuck.
Definitions include: an invitation
Definitions include: this is the answer you give when somebody asks a stupid question when they already know the answer is yes.
Definitions include: "girl".
Definitions include: a wimp, sissy
Definitions include: used the same as "why?" or "what you got?" in a response.
Definitions include: In the United States, a derogatory term for a Republican, especially one that makes you want to vomit.
Definitions include: a large car.
Definitions include: a hypothetical club whose members are not very "bright", meaning intelligent.

How common is this slang?

Don't click the following.
I use it(2)  
No longer use it(0)  
Heard it but never used it(6)  
Have never heard it(5)  

How vulgar is this slang?

Average of 10 votes: 21%  (See the most vulgar words.)


Least vulgar  
  Most vulgar

Your vote: None   (To vote, click the pepper. Vote how vulgar the word is – not how mean it is.)


Least vulgar  
  Most vulgar

Where is this slang used?

Logged-in users can add themselves to the map. Login, Register, Login instantly with Facebook.


Link to this slang definition

To link to this term in a web page or blog, insert the following.

<a href="http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/grep">grep</a>

To link to this term in a wiki such as Wikipedia, insert the following.

[http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/grep grep]

Some wikis use a different format for links, so be sure to check the documentation.