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greas·y

 (grē′sē, -zē)
adj. greas·i·er, greas·i·est
1. Coated or soiled with grease.
2. Containing grease, especially too much grease: a greasy hamburger.
3. Suggestive of grease in slickness or slipperiness: a greasy character.

greas′i·ly adv.
greas′i·ness n.
Our Living Language One of our most notable regional distinctions is the "greasy-greazy" line. It is famous among scholars of American dialects for marking a clear division between major dialect regions of the United States. In the North and West, greasy is pronounced with an (s) sound; in the Midland dialect region and the South, it is pronounced with a (z). According to the Dictionary of American Regional English, the "greazy" region extends from the Deep South to southern parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois and all of Missouri, Texas, and New Mexico. The verb grease also follows this pattern, although not the noun grease, which is pronounced with an (s) sound everywhere. A few Southerners also use (z) in blouse. The (z) pronunciation is so stable and so characteristic of Southern dialects that dialect scholars use it to trace the migration of Southern speakers into other dialect areas, such as Colorado, Oregon, and California.

greasy

(ˈɡriːzɪ; -sɪ)
adj, greasier or greasiest
1. coated or soiled with or as if with grease
2. composed of or full of grease
3. resembling grease
4. unctuous or oily in manner
n, pl greasies
5. (Agriculture) a shearer
6. (Cookery) an outback cook, esp cooking for a number of men
ˈgreasily adv
ˈgreasiness n

greas•y

(ˈgri si, -zi)

adj. greas•i•er, greas•i•est.
1. smeared, covered, or soiled with grease.
2. composed of or containing grease; oily: greasy food.
3. greaselike in appearance or to the touch; slippery.
4. insinuatingly unctuous in manner; repulsively slick; oily.
[1505–15]
greas′i•ly, adv.
greas′i•ness, n.
pron: greasy is almost always pronounced as (ˈgri zi) with a medial (z), in the South Midland and Southern U.S. and as (ˈgri si) with a medial (s), in New England, New York State, and the Great Lakes Basin. Speakers of New Jersey and E Pennsylvania are divided, with some using (s) and some using (z). Standard British English reflects both (z) and (s) pronunciations and British folk speech is also divided regionally, with (z) heard in the eastern counties and (s) in the central and western ones. Both pronunciations were brought to the colonies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.greasy - containing an unusual amount of grease or oil; "greasy hamburgers"; "oily fried potatoes"; "oleaginous seeds"
fatty, fat - containing or composed of fat; "fatty food"; "fat tissue"
2.greasy - smeared or soiled with grease or oil; "greasy coveralls"; "get rid of rubbish and oily rags"
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"

greasy

adjective
1. fatty, slick, slippery, oily, slimy, oleaginous He propped his elbows upon the greasy counter.
2. sycophantic, fawning, grovelling, ingratiating, smooth, slick, oily, unctuous, smarmy (Brit. informal), toadying She called him `a greasy little Tory sycophant'.

greasy

adjective
Having the qualities of fat:
Translations
دَسِمدُهْنيزَلِقمُغَطّى بالدُّهْن
mastnýtučnýumaštěnýkluzký
fedtetglatindsmurt
rasvainen
mastan
fitugur, feiturfitugur, kámugurháll, sleipur
脂を含んだ
기름투성이의
mastenspolzek
fett
เป็นไขมันลื่น
yağlıkayganyağlanmış
nhờn

greasy

[ˈgriːsɪ]
A. ADJ (greasier (compar) (greasiest (superl)))
1. (= oily) [substance, hands] → grasiento, grasoso (esp LAm); [clothes] → lleno de grasa, mugriento; [hair, skin] → graso, grasoso (esp LAm); [food] → grasiento; [road] → resbaladizo
2. (= ingratiating) [person] → adulón, zalamero
B. CPD greasy spoon N (= café) → figón m

greasy

[ˈgriːsi ˈgriːzi] adj
[hair, skin] → gras(se)
He has greasy hair → Il a les cheveux gras.
[food] → gras(se)
The food was very greasy → La nourriture était très grasse.
[hands, clothes] → graisseux/euse
(British) [road, surface] → glissant(e)greasy spoon n (= café) → boui-boui m

greasy

adj (+er)
(= oily) foodfett; hair, skin, complexionfettig
(= dirty) clothesschmierig; (= slippery) surfacerutschig, glatt
(pej: = smarmy) → schmierig (pej inf)

greasy

[ˈgriːsɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (substance) → grasso/a; (hair) → untuoso/a, grasso/a (Brit) (road, surface) → scivoloso/a; (hands, clothes) → unto/a; (stains) → d'unto

grease

(griːs) noun
1. soft, thick, animal fat.
2. any thick, oily substance. She put grease on the squeaking hinge.
verb
to put grease on, over or in. The mechanic greased the car's axle.
ˈgreasy adjective
1. of or like grease. greasy food.
2. covered in grease. greasy hands.
3. slippery, as if covered in grease. greasy roads.
ˈgreasiness noun

greasy

دَسِم mastný fedtet fettig λιπαρός grasiento rasvainen gras mastan oleoso 脂を含んだ 기름투성이의 vet fettet tłusty gorduroso жирный fett เป็นไขมันลื่น yağlı nhờn 油腻的

greasy

adj (comp -ier; super -iest) grasoso, graso, grasiento
References in classic literature ?
Stumping with fresh vigour, he goes in at the dark greasy entry, pushes a little greasy dark reluctant side-door, and follows the door into the little dark greasy shop.
I told him I had an old slick counterfeit quarter that warn't no good because the brass showed through the silver a little, and it wouldn't pass nohow, even if the brass didn't show, because it was so slick it felt greasy, and so that would tell on it every time.
Well, I hope I shall be dead before this millennium of your greasy masses comes on.
Nikita called out, well knowing how carefully Mukhorty threw out his hind leg just to touch his greasy sheepskin coat but not to strike him--a trick Nikita much appreciated.
I have no great desire to see Switzerland, for I am sure the Alps must be greasy with being climbed.
The pleasant odor of greasy viands mingled with the smell of smoke.
Then two officers emerged, bowing too, and a stout man with a big beard, wearing a greasy forage cap.
Nevertheless, a hackney-coachman, who seemed to have as many capes to his greasy great-coat as he was years old, packed me up in his coach and hemmed me in with a folding and jingling barrier of steps, as if he were going to take me fifty miles.
The white-haired man produced a bundle of keys from the pocket of his greasy blue jacket, opened this door, and entered.
But the scullery you would not care to see; it is greasy, dirty, and odoriferous, while the stairs are in rags, and the walls so covered with filth that the hand sticks fast wherever it touches them.
You feel that they are dishonestly locked up, to be hunted about from wharf to wharf on a dark, greasy, square pool of black water as a brutal reward at the end of a faithful voyage.
Little, narrow streets; dirty children blockading them; greasy, slovenly women capturing and spanking them; filthy dens on first floors, with rag stores in them (the heaviest business in the Faubourg is the chiffonier's); other filthy dens where whole suits of second and third-hand clothing are sold at prices that would ruin any proprietor who did not steal his stock; still other filthy dens where they sold groceries--sold them by the half-pennyworth--five dollars would buy the man out, goodwill and all.