\ 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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Not to mention, just one deep-frying session can leave your place smelling and feeling as greasy as fast food kitchen—I'm speaking from experience. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Should You Get an Air Fryer? Here's What Food Bloggers and a Registered Dietitian Say," 31 Jan. 2019 Aesop’s Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm is so deeply moisturizing yet doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Natural Beauty Products for Earth Day, According to 4 Fashion Insiders," 22 Apr. 2018 The result is lighter and less greasy than the traditional American bar variety and just might be the best thing on the menu. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "First Taste: Fist of Curry brings irreverent kung-fu fun to old Huron Room space," 5 Apr. 2018 The chunky sauce is well-seasoned, while the cheese is creamy instead of greasy. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Pizza Places in Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 After one use, my curls felt perfectly hydrated and bouncy, sans greasy residue. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 24 Oct. 2018 Coverage Though known for greasy breaded chicken, Col. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "William Galt Founded Good Earth Restaurants to Promote Unprocessed Food," 17 Aug. 2018 Go for the ‘gram, stay for the chicken and fries, and greasy fingers totally double as glow. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This Is Glossier’s Most Unlikely Collaboration Yet," 15 Mar. 2018 An oil-and-vinegar dressing keeps this slaw from feeling heavy and greasy, and the spiciness is a good counterpart to sweet notes in barbecue sauces and glazes. Bon Appetit, "Sweet-and-Spicy Slaw," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of greasy

1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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