from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Coated or soiled with grease.
  • adj. Containing grease, especially too much grease: a greasy hamburger.
  • adj. Suggestive of grease in slickness or slipperiness: a greasy character.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a slippery surface; having a surface covered with grease.
  • adj. Containing a lot of grease or fat.
  • adj. detestable, unethical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Composed of, or characterized by, grease; oily; unctuous.
  • adj. Smeared or defiled with grease.
  • adj. Like grease or oil; smooth; seemingly unctuous to the touch, as is mineral soapstone.
  • adj. Fat of body; bulky.
  • adj. Gross; indelicate; indecent.
  • adj. Affected with the disease called grease; as, the heels of a horse. See Grease, n., 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of grease; having much grease or fat; oily; unctuous; fat: as, greasy food.
  • Smeared or soiled with grease; hence, slippery as if from being greased.
  • Like grease or oil; seemingly unctuous to the touch: as, a chalk that has a greasy feel.
  • Slimy; muddy; foul.
  • Foggy; misty.
  • Nautical, dirty; foul; disagreeable: said of weather.
  • Gross; indecent.
  • In farriery, affected with the disease called grease: as, a horse with greasy legs.
  • Successful in whaling; having taken a full cargo of oil: as in the expression greasy luck.
  • See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
  • adj. smeared or soiled with grease or oil


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