grasso

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *grassus, from Latin crassus. Doublet of crasso.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡras.so/, [ˈɡr̺äs̪s̪o̞]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -asso
  • Stress: gràsso
  • Hyphenation: gras‧so

Adjective[edit]

grasso (feminine singular grassa, masculine plural grassi, feminine plural grasse)

  1. fat
  2. fatty, greasy (containing fat)
    Quando mangio della carne, la preferisco grassa.When I eat meat, I prefer it to be fatty.
    Antonyms: magro
  3. (botany, of plants) succulent
  4. (figuratively) rich, abundant
    La cucina di mia madre è molto grassa.My mother's cuisine is very rich.
    Synonyms: condito, pesante
    Antonyms: digeribile, leggero
  5. (figuratively) useful, advantageous
    Mi ha fatto delle grasse promesse.He made some advantageous promises.
    Synonyms: produttivo, ricco, utile, vantaggioso
    Antonyms: svantaggioso
  6. (figuratively, of a person) well-off, well-to-do
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Paradiso [The Divine Comedy: Paradise] (paperback), Le Monnier, published 2002, Canto XVI, lines 112–114, page 293:
      Così facieno i padri di coloro ¶ che, sempre che la vostra chiesa vaca, ¶ si fanno grassi stando a consistoro.
      So likewise did the ancestors of those ¶ who evermore, when vacant is your church, ¶ get fat by staying in consistory.
    • 1841, Giovanni Villani, Cronache di Dino Compagni, e di Giovanni, Matteo e Filippo Villani[2], volume 1 (in Italian), Padua, Book 8, Chapter 1, page 169:
      essendo la città di Firenze in grande e possente stato [] e' cittadini di quella grassi e ricchi
      with the city of Florence being in a great and powerful condition [] and its citizens well-off and wealthy
    • Synonyms: abbiente, agiato, benestante, facoltoso, ricco
    • Antonyms: bisognoso, disagiato, indigente, misero, nullatenente, povero
  7. fatty, greasy, unctuous (having a greasy consistence)
    Questa pomata è molto grassa.This ointment is very greasy.
    Synonyms: denso, oleoso, unto, untuoso, vischioso
    Antonyms: asciutto, secco
  8. (by extension, of air) thick
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback, in Italian), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto IX, lines 82–84, page 139:
      Dal volto rimovea quell'aere grasso ¶ menando la sinistra innanzi spesso; ¶ e sol di quell'angoscia parea lasso.
      From off his face he fanned that unctuous air, ¶ waving his left hand oft in front of him, ¶ and only with that anguish seemed he weary.
    • Synonyms: spesso
  9. fatty, greasy, unctuous (having a greasy surface)
    Prima di fare la doccia, avevo dei capelli molto grassi.Before showering, my hair was very greasy.
    Synonyms: oleoso, unto, untuoso
    Antonyms: asciutto, secco
  10. (figuratively, of a way of speaking) licentious, raunchy, vulgar
    Mio zio è solito raccontare storielle grasse.My uncle usually tells licentious little stories.
    Synonyms: grossolano, lascivo, licenzioso, osceno, sboccato, spinto, triviale, volgare
    Antonyms: castigato, casto, irreprensibile, pudico

Noun[edit]

grasso m (plural grassi)

  1. fat (animal tissue)
  2. (by extension) Any greasy substance.
  3. (nautical) The concavity of a sail under the effect of the wind.

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