Definition of greasy in US English:

greasy

adjectivegreasiest, greasier

  • 1Covered with or resembling an oily substance.

    ‘he wiped his greasy fingers’
    ‘their moisturizers don't feel greasy’
    • ‘He pushed three greasy, black-nailed fingers up the sleeve of his overall and indifferently scratched his arm.’
    • ‘The dry cleaning solvent dissolves oils and greasy soil.’
    • ‘The thought of her greasy finger prints destroying the delicate paint over hundreds of years drove me mad.’
    • ‘It is because they think it is dirty, greasy and smelly.’
    • ‘There had been mould and flaking paint on the walls, doors were dirty and ceilings greasy.’
    • ‘Candy was found scattered all over dirty, greasy counters.’
    • ‘Lanolin from greasy wool stains timber floors and walls and the smell of manure from beneath the shed becomes stifling.’
    • ‘I push on the diner's front doors, my fingers touching greasy glass.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the day of our visit meat, vegetables, dirty dishes and greasy pots and pans littered the small counter, sink and floor.’
    • ‘I handed my money to the cab driver, trying to avoid the touch of his greasy fingers.’
    • ‘Glazed cabinets retain the airiness of open shelving, without the hassle of dusty, greasy dishes lingering on an open shelf.’
    • ‘I glanced down at my greasy clothing covered in paint.’
    • ‘His fingers immediately became greasy, forcing his face to pale.’
    • ‘Turning the mat over we are presented with more of a glossy finish, which is quite susceptible to finger prints and greasy marks.’
    • ‘The partridge was great, though - well worth getting my fingers greasy.’
    • ‘When it looked like we had nearly finished, another load of dirty dishes and greasy frying pans were dumped in the water.’
    • ‘I watched his back retreat before rubbing my eyes wearily and fingering the greasy money in my hand.’
    • ‘It is weathered from multiple readings, with pages smudged from my greasy fingers.’
    • ‘Do you want greasy blue smudges coming through your new Andy Warhol print?’
    oily, shiny, glossy
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    1. 1.1 Producing more body oils than average.
      ‘greasy skin’
      • ‘He was still handsome, but he had patches of greasy skin on his face, and parts of his hair had been dyed blue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is wearing her greasy hair in a pinned-up ponytail.’
      • ‘He's a skinny, nervous looking man with greasy black hair and bruises on his face.’
      • ‘He was a gangly man with pale skin and long, greasy black hair.’
      • ‘His hair was greasy and stringy, and his skin had developed brown callouses.’
      • ‘Grant had to admit he did look slightly suspicious, with his pale skin and greasy, slicked-back black hair.’
      • ‘The first thing you said is that you have greasy hair.’
      • ‘At school the next day, everyone asked why my hair was greasy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My hair was crackly and greasy, my skin dry, and face sunken.’
      • ‘He had curly and greasy shoulder-length brown hair.’
      • ‘His hair was greasy, although he didn't have an obvious body odor.’
      • ‘However, this doesn't mean it's particularly bad for greasy skin.’
      • ‘First of all, Dan did not have bad skin and greasy hair.’
      • ‘His tan skin was glistening with sweat and his jet-black hair was greasy.’
      oily, shiny, glossy
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    2. 1.2 Containing or cooked with too much oil or fat.
      ‘greasy food’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She also does not abstain from eating greasy foods such as pork and hamburgers.’
      • ‘Avoid spicy, greasy or fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, and other foods that can cause heartburn.’
      • ‘The types of foods participants wished to decrease included salt, coffee, soda, junk food, fried or greasy foods, and red meat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even after eating the greasy food, his hands were soft.’
      • ‘Forget eating greasy or raw food during this season.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘There was beer, there was music and there was undercooked greasy food at extortionate prices.’
      • ‘The food was uniformly greasy and salty but otherwise tasteless.’
      • ‘So we headed out to Coney Island, ate some cheap, greasy beach food, and wandered around to watch the breakdancers and karaoke singers.’
      • ‘Acne is not caused by greasy foods or poor hygiene.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Next up was the crab omelette, beautifully cooked, not greasy or oily in any way, and plenty of crab inside.’
      • ‘So David cooked up a wonderfully greasy breakfast, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread, our first fry-up for months!’
      • ‘Try eating frequent, small meals, and avoid greasy foods.’
      • ‘Anyway, we had fun there, then we went home and gorged ourselves on greasy food.’
      • ‘Our modern tastes for fatty, greasy, salty foods are learned.’
      • ‘Nobody can stop you eating greasy foods everyday.’
      fatty, oily, fat, swimming in fat, swimming in oil, buttery, oleaginous
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    3. 1.3 Slippery.
      ‘the floor was greasy’
      • ‘Despite an inch of rain the previous night, the smooth firm paths were but a little greasy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, although a little greasy right now from the game, it was usually pretty tidy.’
      • ‘The bare fields look slick and greasy this morning.’
      • ‘Nor did it help that it was very slippery and greasy, but we will have to get used to that.’
      • ‘The track was a little greasy this morning, so I was being cautious.’
      • ‘The constant rain, the greasy pitch and the slippery ball all conspired to turn this contest into something of a lottery.’
      • ‘Unpleasant weather conditions prevailed and the players slithering on the greasy surface was a common occurrence.’
      slippery, slick, slimy, slithery, oily, glassy, smooth
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  • 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’
    • ‘His greasy ingratiation irked the Watchkeeper and he clenched his hands to hide the claws that slipped from his fingertips.’
    • ‘I searched all over for that greasy man, and didn't see him anywhere.’
    • ‘All that was around her was Michael Milano, his oily, slimy, greasy demeanor was overpowering her.’
    • ‘‘And all because of that greasy little man,’ Ann thought.’
    • ‘Who else would stand by that greasy man?’
    ingratiating, fawning, grovelling, sycophantic, toadying, obsequious, cringing, flattering, effusive, gushing, gushy, abject, truckling, self-effacing, uriah heepish
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