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grease +‎ -y



greasy (comparative greasier, superlative greasiest)

  1. Having a slippery surface; having a surface covered with grease.
    a greasy mineral
    • Shakespeare
      With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers.
  2. Containing a lot of grease or fat.
    • 2010, Gavin Hoffen, Dandelion, page 3:
      With a skin full of alcohol and a probable overwhelming desire for a greasy kebab, I had evidently got myself into such a state that I was unable to locate the correct door to the fast food shop.
    • 2012 May 3, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook perfect garlic bread”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Nigel and Richard Bertinet go for butter. Jamie and Nigella both opt for olive oil, and Garten uses a mixture, spreading the bread generously with butter, then topping it with garlic and herbs in olive oil. Oil, to my taste, simply makes the bread seem greasy: it's great for dipping, but it doesn't seem to soak into the bread in the same way as butter – I've probably just got hopelessly rich Anglo-Saxon tastes, but for me, it's butter all the way.
  3. (slang) shady, sketchy, dodgy, detestable, unethical.
    • 2004 April 25, “Trailer Park Boys epsiode "Rub N Tiz'zug"”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[2]:
      Julian: We're gonna fill the trailers up with furniture all right, boys, but we're gonna rent them out by the hour.
      Bubbles: Aw, that's greasy.
  4. (obsolete) fat, bulky
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  5. (obsolete) gross; indelicate; indecent
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Marston to this entry?)
  6. (of a horse) Afflicted with the disease called grease.

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