\ 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

Other Words from greasy

greasily \ ˈgrē-​sə-​lē How to pronounce greasy (audio) , -​zə-​ \ adverb
greasiness \ ˈgrē-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce greasy (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
Recent Examples on the Web Free of parabens, dyes, and fragrances, this body lotion—intended for daily use—earned praise for being quick absorbing and not in the least bit greasy. SELF, 19 July 2022 The ducts are reportedly as greasy as ever and the double cheeseburger is still a double cheeseburger. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 In other words, the white tinge that sits on face stubble, the greasy finish, and the anti-travel size are nowhere to be found in these products. Julie Dugdale, Outside Online, 10 June 2022 Made with hydrating ingredients and antioxidants, the balm-to-gel formula delivers a hint of moisture (without feeling greasy) and a subtle brightening effect. Theresa Holland,, 6 June 2022 All-natural ingredients like vitamin E, sea buckthorn extract, camellia oil, chamomile extract, and other antioxidant-rich materials team up to hydrate skin without clogging pores or leaving a greasy feel or look. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 So, what's a greasy, easily-irritated complexion to do when excess oil and sebum take over? Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 19 Apr. 2022 These non-greasy formulas are watery, bouncy, weightless, and completely absorb in just a few minutes — in other words, these gel-like formulas are free of the fatty ingredients that make creams, well, creamy. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 7 July 2022 It's earned more than 1,300 five-star ratings on Amazon, with reviewers praising its non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and hydrating formula in their reviews. Health Editors,, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of greasy

1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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9 Aug 2022

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“Greasy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for greasy


\ 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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