\ 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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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 As the day breaks, rejuvenate with an 80-cent byrek, a greasy phyllo pastry stuffed with meat or cheese, from Piccadilly. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 Like most masks, the formula is filled with intense moisturizes, like coconut, rosehip, and avocado oils, all of which would usually leave my fine hair lank and greasy. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 24 Oct. 2018 The coating quickly turns into a greasy, slippery fingerprint magnet after a few minutes of handling. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 The spinach — Swiss chard is often used as well — loses all its water, and very slowly fries in the oil, resulting in a small amount of greasy paste as black as crude oil, which is used to flavor all kinds of soups and stews. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018 There's also dry conditioner now, which, according to cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson, is designed to spritz on just enough to make your hair shinier, smoother, and softer, without the risk of overapplying or making hair greasy. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Experts Explain How Conditioner Benefits Your Hair (and Why You Should Always Use It)," 16 Oct. 2018 Pizza should be a little greasy, leaving a fine film on your paper plate (the requisite vehicle for delivering Pizza Eaten While Drunk). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Just warm a few drops of the shine serum between your palms, then smooth right onto dry hair, concentrating more toward your ends and avoiding your roots (otherwise hair could get flat or greasy). Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 One-Minute Ways to Get Gorgeous," 1 Nov. 2010

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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

: 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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