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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 ?
Then she wiped her greasy hands again and proceeded to get ready, complaining all the time; she was so fat that it was painful for her to move, and she grunted and gasped at every step.
Marks had got from his pocket a greasy pocket-book, and taking a long paper from thence, he sat down, and fixing his keen black eyes on it, began mumbling over its contents: "Barnes--Shelby County--boy Jim, three hundred dollars for him, dead or alive.
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.
Wilson's got a scheme for driving plain window glass panes out of the market by decorating it with greasy finger marks, and getting rich by selling it at famine prices to the crowned heads over in Europe to outfit their palaces with.
Far in this den of infamous resort, there was a low-browed, beetling shop, below a pent-house roof, where iron, old rags, bottles, bones, and greasy offal, were bought.
I think it was over the kitchen, because a warm greasy smell appeared to come up through the chinks in the floor, and there was a flabby perspiration on the walls.
She had no idea what stock she had, or what the price of anything in it was; but there was a little greasy memorandum-book kept in a drawer, which served as a Catalogue of Prices, and by this oracle Biddy arranged all the shop transaction.
I have no great desire to see Switzerland, for I am sure the Alps must be greasy with being climbed.
He had greasy ringlets, and an enormous diamond blazed in the centre of a soiled shirt.
He was in his shirt, which was not long enough in front to cover his thighs completely and was six fingers shorter behind; his legs were very long and lean, covered with hair, and anything but clean; on his head he had a little greasy red cap that belonged to the host, round his left arm he had rolled the blanket of the bed, to which Sancho, for reasons best known to himself, owed a grudge, and in his right hand he held his unsheathed sword, with which he was slashing about on all sides, uttering exclamations as if he were actually fighting some giant: and the best of it was his eyes were not open, for he was fast asleep, and dreaming that he was doing battle with the giant.
The white-haired man produced a bundle of keys from the pocket of his greasy blue jacket, opened this door, and entered.
What I was afraid of was that everyone present, from the insolent marker down to the lowest little stinking, pimply clerk in a greasy collar, would jeer at me and fail to understand when I began to protest and to address them in literary language.