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[gree-see, ‐zee] /ˈgri si, ‐zi/
adjective, greasier, greasiest.
smeared, covered, or soiled with grease.
composed of or containing grease; oily:
greasy food.
greaselike in appearance or to the touch; slippery.
insinuatingly unctuous in manner; repulsively slick; oily.
Veterinary Pathology. affected with grease.
Origin of greasy
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/
[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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for greasy
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  • Pour a few drops of ammonia into every greasy roasting-pan, first half-filling with warm water.

  • A cloud of greasy, stinking smoke was rolling out of the den.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • Phil examined a greasy bill of fare and found that he could obtain a plate of meat for ten cents.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
  • If now the face has a greasy look, you have not used sufficient powder.

  • Then he drew out his greasy Prayer-book, standing by his lordship, ready to support him if necessary.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet Walter Besant and James Rice
British Dictionary definitions for greasy


/ˈɡriːzɪ; -sɪ/
adjective greasier, greasiest
coated or soiled with or as if with grease
composed of or full of grease
resembling grease
unctuous or oily in manner
noun (Austral, slang) (pl) greasies
a shearer
an outback cook, esp cooking for a number of men
Derived Forms
greasily, adverb
greasiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for greasy

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



  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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