Definition of greasy in English:

greasy

adjective

  • 1Covered with, resembling, or produced by grease or oil.

    ‘he wiped his greasy fingers’
    ‘a greasy mark’
    • ‘It is because they think it is dirty, greasy and smelly.’
    • ‘The partridge was great, though - well worth getting my fingers greasy.’
    • ‘On the day of our visit meat, vegetables, dirty dishes and greasy pots and pans littered the small counter, sink and floor.’
    • ‘Glazed cabinets retain the airiness of open shelving, without the hassle of dusty, greasy dishes lingering on an open shelf.’
    • ‘I handed my money to the cab driver, trying to avoid the touch of his greasy fingers.’
    • ‘Lanolin from greasy wool stains timber floors and walls and the smell of manure from beneath the shed becomes stifling.’
    • ‘I glanced down at my greasy clothing covered in paint.’
    • ‘His fingers immediately became greasy, forcing his face to pale.’
    • ‘When it looked like we had nearly finished, another load of dirty dishes and greasy frying pans were dumped in the water.’
    • ‘He pushed three greasy, black-nailed fingers up the sleeve of his overall and indifferently scratched his arm.’
    • ‘It is weathered from multiple readings, with pages smudged from my greasy fingers.’
    • ‘The dry cleaning solvent dissolves oils and greasy soil.’
    • ‘Candy was found scattered all over dirty, greasy counters.’
    • ‘The raider combed through his beard with greasy fingers, contemplating the small quiet village that lay in the glen where he hid his band of mercenaries.’
    • ‘Do you want greasy blue smudges coming through your new Andy Warhol print?’
    • ‘I push on the diner's front doors, my fingers touching greasy glass.’
    • ‘The thought of her greasy finger prints destroying the delicate paint over hundreds of years drove me mad.’
    • ‘Turning the mat over we are presented with more of a glossy finish, which is quite susceptible to finger prints and greasy marks.’
    • ‘I watched his back retreat before rubbing my eyes wearily and fingering the greasy money in my hand.’
    • ‘There had been mould and flaking paint on the walls, doors were dirty and ceilings greasy.’
    oily, shiny, glossy
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    1. 1.1 Producing excessive body oil.
      ‘greasy skin’
      • ‘However, this doesn't mean it's particularly bad for greasy skin.’
      • ‘Facial and trunk seborrhea is characterized by powdery or greasy scale in skin folds and along hair margins.’
      • ‘He was too goofy looking; tall, with thick, greasy dark hair, black rimmed glasses and he dressed like a lumberjack.’
      • ‘First of all, Dan did not have bad skin and greasy hair.’
      • ‘At school the next day, everyone asked why my hair was greasy.’
      • ‘My hair was crackly and greasy, my skin dry, and face sunken.’
      • ‘He's a skinny, nervous looking man with greasy black hair and bruises on his face.’
      • ‘His tan skin was glistening with sweat and his jet-black hair was greasy.’
      • ‘They were short, about half the height of an average human, and walked hunched over with scaly skin and strands of greasy wispy hair.’
      • ‘He was 5ft 8in and thin, with greasy, untidy black hair, wearing tinted glasses and had a scruffy appearance.’
      • ‘She is wearing her greasy hair in a pinned-up ponytail.’
      • ‘He was a gangly man with pale skin and long, greasy black hair.’
      • ‘His hair was greasy, although he didn't have an obvious body odor.’
      • ‘The first thing you said is that you have greasy hair.’
      • ‘His hair was greasy and stringy, and his skin had developed brown callouses.’
      • ‘He had curly and greasy shoulder-length brown hair.’
      • ‘Your hair is greasy and your skin is layered with dirt.’
      • ‘His very appearance was a doorway into his soul; oily skin, greasy hair, and even his silks were in tatters.’
      • ‘Grant had to admit he did look slightly suspicious, with his pale skin and greasy, slicked-back black hair.’
      • ‘He was still handsome, but he had patches of greasy skin on his face, and parts of his hair had been dyed blue.’
      oily, shiny, glossy
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    2. 1.2 Containing or cooked with too much oil or fat.
      ‘greasy food’
      • ‘There was beer, there was music and there was undercooked greasy food at extortionate prices.’
      • ‘She also does not abstain from eating greasy foods such as pork and hamburgers.’
      • ‘Try eating frequent, small meals, and avoid greasy foods.’
      • ‘Next up was the crab omelette, beautifully cooked, not greasy or oily in any way, and plenty of crab inside.’
      • ‘Shopping centres, cinemas, high streets, motorways, schools - it seems that no matter where you go, greasy food and stale buns are increasingly on the menu.’
      • ‘Acne is not caused by greasy foods or poor hygiene.’
      • ‘So David cooked up a wonderfully greasy breakfast, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread, our first fry-up for months!’
      • ‘Anyway, we had fun there, then we went home and gorged ourselves on greasy food.’
      • ‘Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed, but research has shown that foods seem to have little effect on the development and course of acne in most people.’
      • ‘The food was uniformly greasy and salty but otherwise tasteless.’
      • ‘The fish and chip corner shop has disappeared, but its demise may not be due to the tandoori craze, but rather to an aversion to greasy food in a health-conscious society.’
      • ‘Nobody can stop you eating greasy foods everyday.’
      • ‘Let those who want to pay for better health care do so, instead of being forced to wait in line behind those who smoke too much, eat too much greasy food and live sedentary lives.’
      • ‘Even after eating the greasy food, his hands were soft.’
      • ‘Forget eating greasy or raw food during this season.’
      • ‘The types of foods participants wished to decrease included salt, coffee, soda, junk food, fried or greasy foods, and red meat.’
      • ‘Our modern tastes for fatty, greasy, salty foods are learned.’
      • ‘So we headed out to Coney Island, ate some cheap, greasy beach food, and wandered around to watch the breakdancers and karaoke singers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Avoid spicy, greasy or fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, and other foods that can cause heartburn.’
      fatty, oily, fat, swimming in fat, swimming in oil, buttery, oleaginous
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    3. 1.3 Slippery.
      ‘the rain's making the roads greasy’
      • ‘The bare fields look slick and greasy this morning.’
      • ‘The track was a little greasy this morning, so I was being cautious.’
      • ‘The rocks were greasy and slippery and the narrow chimneys and gullies, so delightful in dry summer conditions, were muddy and wet.’
      • ‘The extra downforce is needed to help the tires get a grip on the track, which becomes greasy and slippery in the July heat.’
      • ‘Nor did it help that it was very slippery and greasy, but we will have to get used to that.’
      • ‘Unpleasant weather conditions prevailed and the players slithering on the greasy surface was a common occurrence.’
      • ‘Despite an inch of rain the previous night, the smooth firm paths were but a little greasy.’
      • ‘However, on the slippery, greasy road surfaces now common in many parts of Ireland due to incessant construction work, grip was not outstanding.’
      • ‘The game was played in a heavy drizzle which did not help the quality of the hurling but De La Salle were on top of their game and made little of greasy conditions.’
      • ‘The constant rain, the greasy pitch and the slippery ball all conspired to turn this contest into something of a lottery.’
      • ‘And, although a little greasy right now from the game, it was usually pretty tidy.’
      slippery, slick, slimy, slithery, oily, glassy, smooth
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  • 2(of a person or their manner) unpleasantly or insincerely polite or ingratiating.

    ‘the greasy little man from the newspaper’
    • ‘‘And all because of that greasy little man,’ Ann thought.’
    • ‘All that was around her was Michael Milano, his oily, slimy, greasy demeanor was overpowering her.’
    • ‘His greasy ingratiation irked the Watchkeeper and he clenched his hands to hide the claws that slipped from his fingertips.’
    • ‘Who else would stand by that greasy man?’
    • ‘I searched all over for that greasy man, and didn't see him anywhere.’
    ingratiating, fawning, grovelling, sycophantic, toadying, obsequious, cringing, flattering, effusive, gushing, gushy, abject, truckling, self-effacing, uriah heepish
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Pronunciation

greasy

/ˈɡriːzi//ˈɡriːsi/