\ ˈgrē-sē How to pronounce greasy (audio) , -zē How to pronounce greasy (audio) \
greasier; greasiest

Definition of greasy

1a : smeared or soiled with grease greasy clothes
b : oily in appearance, texture, or manner his greasy smile— Jack London
c : slippery
2 : containing an unusual amount of grease greasy food

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Other Words from greasy

greasily \ ˈgrē-​sə-​lē How to pronounce greasily (audio) , -​zə-​ \ adverb
greasiness \ ˈgrē-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce greasiness (audio) , -​zē-​ \ noun

Examples of greasy in a Sentence

My doctor told me to avoid greasy food. that wet tarmac road is greasy enough to send the car into a skid

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The truth about America’s past—the greasy pole of making a living, the lovable felons, the Barnumesque self-promoters—is a lot more interesting and useful to know than those patriotic fairy tales we were fed in school. Rinker Buck, WSJ, "‘The Last Pirate of New York’ Review: New York’s Original Gangster," 28 June 2019 Bartleby is not an expert at climbing the greasy pole. The Economist, "The promotion curse," 20 June 2019 Surprisingly un-greasy were the app-sized beef pastels. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Hocca, at the Florida Mall, is full of (hot, Brazilian) bologna | Review," 19 June 2019 The worst are greasy, crumbly or have off-flavors that taste nothing like chocolate. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best chocolate sandwich cookies," 8 June 2019 Maintain caution when preparing highly greasy foods (like sausages) in the air fryer, as excessive fat dripping into the pan can cause smoking. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Air Fryers for Making Crispy Comfort Foods So Much Healthier," 20 Nov. 2018 Why Read It: Instead of the usual road trip dilemmas (getting lost, eating greasy food), the odd couple encounters many eyebrow-raising events (your standard biker gangs and hooker rescue attempts). Kelci Shipley, Marie Claire, "What We're Reading: Losing Graceland," 25 Jan. 2011 The battlefields looked like barbecue grills—not arrangements of discrete wrecks and craters, but greasy charcoal melted to the pavement. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Taco Cabana Like Taco Bell, Taco Cabana is a greasy — but beloved — 24/7 Mexican chain that veers more toward Tex-Mex. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Zaxby's, Cookout: 4 restaurants you want to see in Michigan," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of greasy

1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of greasy was in 1514

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English Language Learners Definition of greasy

: covered with grease or oil : dirty from grease or oil
chiefly British : wet and slippery
: containing or cooked with a large amount of fat


\ ˈgrē-sē How to pronounce greasy (audio) , -zē\
greasier; greasiest

Kids Definition of greasy

1 : covered with an oily material greasy hands
2 : like or full of fat greasy french fries

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