\ 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 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 But, any of my fellow oily goddesses out there also know that there's a fine line between glowy and greasy. Karina Hoshikawa,, 18 May 2021 What were once gloppy, greasy, heavy creams guaranteed to leave a chalky white cast are now just as sophisticated as their chemical counterparts. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 11 May 2021 If the screen is still dirty or greasy, Dell recommends mixing a 30/70 solution of water and isopropyl alcohol on its products, spraying the solution on a cloth (not directly on your device) and gently wiping the computer screen. Bryony Gilbey,, 28 Mar. 2021 Secondly, the gravy isn’t greasy and lumpy, but rich in color and perfectly savory. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 29 Apr. 2021 Etsy crafters list sustainable products like nourishing, non-greasy hair conditioner made of coconut and avocado oil in a refillable, zero-waste, non-plastic glass container. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2021 The product in question is Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom—a non-greasy styling cream recommended for frizzy, dry, or damaged hair that helps to condition and soften. Sophie Cockett, Glamour, 4 Apr. 2021 Wire cooling rack: Bacon tends to be greasy, so consider using a wire cooling rack along with your baking sheet. Angela Watson,, 17 Mar. 2021 Lightweight and non greasy, this beautiful elixir is great on sensitive skin types especially those who suffer from rosacea or acne. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of greasy

1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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29 May 2021

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“Greasy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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