Origin of greasy
First recorded in 1505–15
greasy is almost always pronounced as [gree-zee] /ˈgri zi/, 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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Related Wordscreamy, fatty, slick, slimy, unctuous, lubricious, oleaginous, slithery, anointed, smeared
Examples from the Web for greasy
Anyone telling you differently will just leave you with a greasy mouth.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
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She tells Tim Teeman about celebrity, fighting sexism, and where she goes for a greasy burger.Chopped? Amanda Freitag Hopes Not
February 4, 2014
“Ah, the greasy grind of the press—the scribblers and scratchers, the slingers and spillers,” Morrissey writes.Speed Read: 13 Juiciest Bits From Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’
October 17, 2013
The witness described a greasy film on the car and a lonely piece of buttered toast lying nearby.The Week in Weird: A Skyscraper Missing Elevators, ‘Frankenfish’ & More
August 9, 2013
“What a let down, £8 [$12] for a greasy, limp, fatty mess,” declared Andy Copping after a trip to Five Guys.London's American Burger Battle
July 30, 2013
What did they do with their greasy blandishments, before the era of cheap photography?The Uncommercial Traveller
It fell now in mournful-looking, greasy flakes round my face.My Double Life
The good man smiled a greasy smile; and drew her closer to him.
There's nothing there but padding; and a greasy sort it is.'
The sight of the greasy ham sandwiches was too much for the "able seaman."Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- coated or soiled with or as if with grease
- composed of or full of grease
- resembling grease
- unctuous or oily in manner
- a shearer
- an outback cook, esp cooking for a number of men
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Word Origin and History for greasy
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