[ gree-see, ‐zee ]
/ ˈgri si, ‐zi /
adjective, greas·i·er, greas·i·est.
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Origin of greasy
First recorded in 1505–15
pronunciation note for greasy
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM greasy
greas·i·ly, adverbgreas·i·ness, nounnon·greas·y, adjectiveo·ver·greas·i·ness, noun
o·ver·greas·y, adjectiveun·greas·y, adjective
Words nearby greasy
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British Dictionary definitions for non-greasy
/ (ˈɡriːzɪ, -sɪ) /
adjective greasier or greasiest
coated or soiled with or as if with grease
composed of or full of grease
unctuous or oily in manner
noun plural greasies Australian slang
an outback cook, esp cooking for a number of men
Derived forms of greasygreasily, adverbgreasiness, noun
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