Definition of greasy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrēsē/

adjective (greasier, greasiest)

1Covered with or resembling an oily substance: he wiped his greasy fingers their moisturizers don’t feel greasy
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  • Turning the mat over we are presented with more of a glossy finish, which is quite susceptible to finger prints and greasy marks.
  • It is weathered from multiple readings, with pages smudged from my greasy fingers.
  • I glanced down at my greasy clothing covered in paint.
1.1Producing more body oils than average: greasy skin
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  • First of all, Dan did not have bad skin and greasy hair.
  • My hair was crackly and greasy, my skin dry, and face sunken.
  • They were short, about half the height of an average human, and walked hunched over with scaly skin and strands of greasy wispy hair.
1.2Containing or cooked with too much oil or fat: greasy food
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  • Later, we spent a lot of time lazing around in an island in the middle of a huge lake, ate some horribly cooked and greasy Chinese food and made our way back to the quaint town.
  • Next up was the crab omelette, beautifully cooked, not greasy or oily in any way, and plenty of crab inside.
  • Our modern tastes for fatty, greasy, salty foods are learned.
1.3Slippery: the floor was greasy
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  • The constant rain, the greasy pitch and the slippery ball all conspired to turn this contest into something of a lottery.
  • The rocks were greasy and slippery and the narrow chimneys and gullies, so delightful in dry summer conditions, were muddy and wet.
  • Nor did it help that it was very slippery and greasy, but we will have to get used to that.
2(Of a person or their manner) effusively polite in a way that is felt to be insincere and repulsive: the greasy little man from the newspaper
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  • His greasy ingratiation irked the Watchkeeper and he clenched his hands to hide the claws that slipped from his fingertips.
  • All that was around her was Michael Milano, his oily, slimy, greasy demeanor was overpowering her.
  • Who else would stand by that greasy man?
ingratiating, obsequious, sycophantic, fawning, toadying, groveling;
effusive, gushing, gushy;
informal smarmy, slimy, bootlicking



Pronunciation: /-səlē/ /-zəlē/
Example sentences
  • The window panes, all 52,000 of them, are revolting, so greasily blotched.
  • The pleasure is all mine,’ Applewhite replied, greasily.
  • Hank giggled greasily and licked his cracked lips.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡrēsēnis/ /ˈɡrēzēnis/
Example sentences
  • The lentil and butter sauce - an odd accompaniment to duck, anyway - was bland, and accentuated, rather than cut, the greasiness of the dish.
  • I had thought the inclusion of black pudding, while undeniably dramatic looking, was dubious, but the cold greasiness feared did not materialise.
  • My vegetarian wife does not appreciate the wonderful greasiness, but I'm a fan.

Words that rhyme with greasy

Assisi, fleecy, Tbilisi

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Syllabification: greas·y

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