\ˈgrē-sē, -zē \
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, -zə- \ adverb
greasiness \ˈgrē-sē-nəs, -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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For some people, one weekend of music and greasy food also doubles as an excuse to go all out with their hair and makeup., "THIS Is How Lupita Nyong'o's Eye Rhinestones Stay On All Night," 13 June 2018 The fireworks show lights up the night sky, and Lithia Park turns into a long a row of booths with vendors hawking greasy food and face paint. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Chubbies American Flag Shorts Are Perfect for Hiking," 2 July 2018 Soon, two heaping bags of McDonald’s chicken nuggets arrived with a greasy waft. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Playboi Carti Conquers the Paris Runway," 29 June 2018 There is good news for Bay Area diners who have a hankering for decadent, greasy cheeseburgers with exotic toppings like peanut butter and Cheetos. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Hubcap Grill's new Seabrook location edges closer to opening," 18 June 2018 Calamari and shrimp fritto, likewise, was marred by inadequate frying, and left a greasy slick at the bottom of the bowl. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 But the turkey and ham seemed more like meat sliced from a deli block, then fried greasy on the flat-top grill. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Bun ’N’ Barrel," 1 June 2018 The padding softened the blow a little, but the impact was still enough to knock the air out of her lungs. Gasping, Lauryn scrambled through the greasy sheets of newsprint toward the cement wall. Wesley Snipes, The Root, "Talon of God," 27 May 2018 Being crammed in a hot, greasy truck for minimum-wage food service is not their ideal summer. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Way You Make Me Feel' follows a teen's journey from 'chill' to sincere," 16 May 2018

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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

: wet and slippery

: containing or cooked with a large amount of fat


\ˈgrē-sē, -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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to reject or criticize sharply

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