\ 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
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
Recent Examples on the Web Contaminated recycling can be anything from a greasy pizza box to soda pop cans with liquid or other trash stuffed inside it. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands officials: PPE should not be put in recycling bin," 30 June 2020 If your dough seems greasy, give them a quick chill (at least 30 minutes) in the fridge. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Exactly How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Skillet," 22 June 2020 Suntan lotion leaves you feeling greasy but spray always ends up going everywhere except your body (le sigh). Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "25 game-changing beach essentials you need this summer," 19 June 2020 The hand cream is rich but non-greasy, and is dermatologist approved and hypoallergenic. Popular Science, "The best hand creams to soothe and protect your paws," 18 June 2020 Esper, in turn, is slightly less greasy than Attorney General Bill Barr, who falsely claimed pepper spray wasn’t a chemical weapon and denied responsibility for the order to violently clear protesters from the square. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "America’s Top General Isn’t That Sorry," 11 June 2020 Though the pepperoni is generous, the thick slices makes the pie a bit greasy. cleveland, "We ate 130 frozen pizzas and ranked them, worst to best; Nos. 1-2 made by same company," 10 Mar. 2020 Other pizzas: The pepperoni’s cut super thin, the kind that gets the flavor across without going too greasy. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza review: Big Lou’s Pizza on San Antonio’s South Side," 3 Jan. 2020 Visualize your new life: a Frappuccino every day, snow boots that don’t leak, air conditioning, vacations in France, people looking at you and seeing a Harvard student instead of another greasy-haired street kid. Emi Nietfeld, Longreads, "Self Portrait as a Human Interest Story," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of greasy

1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 Jul 2020

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“Greasy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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