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greasy

[gree-see, ‐zee] /ˈgri si, ‐zi/
adjective, greasier, greasiest.
1.
smeared, covered, or soiled with grease.
2.
composed of or containing grease; oily:
greasy food.
3.
greaselike in appearance or to the touch; slippery.
4.
insinuatingly unctuous in manner; repulsively slick; oily.
5.
Veterinary Pathology. affected with grease.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15
Related forms
greasily, adverb
greasiness, noun
nongreasy, adjective
overgreasiness, noun
overgreasy, adjective
ungreasy, adjective
Pronunciation note
greasy is almost always pronounced as
[gree-zee] /ˈgri zi/ (Show IPA)
with a medial
[z] /z/
in the South Midland and Southern U.S. and as
[gree-see] /ˈgri si/
with a medial
[s] /s/
in New England, New York State, and the Great Lakes Basin. Speakers of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania are divided, with some using
[s] /s/
and some using
[z] /z/ .
Standard British English reflects both
[z] /z/
and
[s] /s/
pronunciations and British folk speech is also divided regionally, with
[z] /z/
heard in the eastern counties and
[s] /s/
in the central and western ones. Both pronunciations were brought to the colonies, where the present U.S. pattern emerged.
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  • She washed the dishes, wearing out her pink nails on the greasy pots and the bottoms of the pans.
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  • If you put in too many, the temperature of the oil will drop and the finished oysters may be greasy.
  • White vinegar and lemon juice cut through greasy or waxy buildup, leaving the home smelling fresh and clean.
  • And now you feel the great joy of revulsion at the fair and its shallow pleasures, its cheap tinsel, its greasy food.
  • Steam pours forth-some kind of freezing agent, subliming in the humidity from all those greasy bodies.
  • Each slide is blank except for what appears to be a greasy fingerprint in the center.
  • For germ freaks, no worry about touching the same greasy bag that the gang's sharing.
  • Gone are the sweaty officials and greasy baggage handlers of yore, the taxi touts and shoving crowds.
  • Being a perfect protégée can get one a long way up the greasy pole.
British Dictionary definitions for greasy

greasy

/ˈɡriːzɪ; -sɪ/
adjective greasier, greasiest
1.
coated or soiled with or as if with grease
2.
composed of or full of grease
3.
resembling grease
4.
unctuous or oily in manner
noun (Austral, slang) (pl) greasies
5.
a shearer
6.
an outback cook, esp cooking for a number of men
Derived Forms
greasily, adverb
greasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for greasy
adj.

1510s, from grease + -y (2). Related: Greasily; greasiness. Greasy spoon "small cheap restaurant" is from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for greasy

greasy

adjective
  1. Repellent in an unctuous and cunning way; oily (1529+)
  2. uddy and slippery: to negotiate a ''greasy'' mile before an approving audience (1950s+ Horse racing)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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