greasy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj greasy smeared or soiled with grease or oil "greasy coveralls","get rid of rubbish and oily rags"
    • adj greasy containing an unusual amount of grease or oil "greasy hamburgers","oily fried potatoes","oleaginous seeds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Greasy (Far) Affected with the disease called grease; as, the heels of a horse. See Grease n., 2.
    • Greasy Composed of, or characterized by, grease; oily; unctuous; as, a greasy dish.
    • Greasy Fat of body; bulky.
    • Greasy Gross; indelicate; indecent.
    • Greasy Like grease or oil; smooth; seemingly unctuous to the touch, as is mineral soapstone.
    • Greasy Smeared or defiled with grease. "With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • greasy Full of grease; having much grease or fat; oily; unctuous; fat: as, greasy food.
    • greasy Smeared or soiled with grease; hence, slippery as if from being greased.
    • greasy Like grease or oil; seemingly unctuous to the touch: as, a chalk that has a greasy feel.
    • greasy Slimy; muddy; foul.
    • greasy Foggy; misty.
    • greasy Nautical, dirty; foul; disagreeable: said of weather.
    • greasy Gross; indecent.
    • greasy In farriery, affected with the disease called grease: as, a horse with greasy legs.
    • greasy Successful in whaling; having taken a full cargo of oil: as in the expression greasy luck.
    • greasy See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Greasy of or like grease or oil: smeared with grease: smooth: fat
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Quotations

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    “If a mans gonna eat fried chicken, he's gotta get greasy.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole!”

Idioms

Climb the greasy pole - Advance within an organisation - especially in politics.
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Greasy pole - (UK) The greasy pole is the difficult route to the top of politics, business, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(Compar.) Greasier; (superl.) Greasiest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gresse, fatness, gras, fat—L. crassus, gross.

Usage

In literature:

If properly done they will be crisp, and not greasy.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
Change in greenbacks greasy.
"Punchinello Vol. 1, No. 21, August 20, 1870" by Various
His smooth boots drew a greasy line across the wet slab as he slid down.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
How many a stately house has been burnt down ere now, simply by the heating of greasy rags, thrust away in some neglected closet.
"All Saints' Day and Other Sermons" by Charles Kingsley
In this greasy rift the air lay thick, as though smeared into a groove.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
These grooves would be greasy with rain; otherwise one could hardly ask for better footholds.
"Alias The Lone Wolf" by Louis Joseph Vance
The refectory, with its wine-stained tables and greasy walls, cast a smell like that of a badly-kept sink.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
Smoky took a cleaning-rod, ran it through the rifle, and examined the bit of cloth, which was wet and greasy.
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
It afforded an area of greasy and dirty brown cuticle and of moose skin, if possible dirtier and greasier still.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
Allow the ether to evaporate, when a greasy stain will be left, thus showing the presence of fats in the flour.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Babies toddle or crawl over the greasy floor.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
Mrs. Louderer is not at home, and there's no one there but Greasy Pete.
"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
The roads were for the first time too greasy for night-riding.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
Salt, pickles, and greasy or highly flavoured foods should be avoided.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
The greasy dish cloth furnishes a most favorable field for the growth of germs.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
We received no further rations that day until the evening, when another small dole of watery greasy coffee was handed round as in the morning.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
The greasy being held the rabbit by the ears, and put it temptingly near the dogs.
"The Chequers" by James Runciman
It becomes weakened in its action if placed in a wooden pail or on an oily or greasy surface.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
These impurities consist of greasy and sweaty secretions, of the nature of a lubricant to the fiber.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
That she could allow a greasy, uncouth man like Becker to make up to her seemed absurd.
"The Yazoo Mystery" by Irving Craddock
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In poetry:

And had his master ever seen
The leaves upon his head,
He'd have thought them greasy papers,
But nothing to be read.
"Learning To Read" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Ah, when this slavish love of gold
Once binds the soul in greasy fetters,
How prostrate lies,--how droops and dies
The great, the noble cause of letters!
"Fame _vs._ Riches" by Eugene Field
Hugging your very wicked gold
Within a greasy belt,
You paddle exulting like a bald ape
That glories to defile,
Unmindful of two hot young streams
Of tears.
"Vengeance" by Edward Powys Mathers
If he worked for big outfits far out on the plains,
Where they never had use for a packer,
Or back in the hills in the snow and the rains,
With the regular old greasy sacker.
"Introductory" by Bruce Kiskaddon
"With her I should not envy George his queen,
Though she in royal grandeur deck'd be seen;
Whilst rags, just sever'd from my fair one's gown,
In russet pomp and greasy pride hang down.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
A year I spent as a lady's hack -
I was growing old and spent -
But she said that the riding hurt her back;
So we parted; and I went
For a while - and it nearly broke my heart -
Dragging a greasy butcher's cart.
"The Cab Horses' Story" by C J Dennis

In news:

Have yourself a very greasy and delicious Friday the 13th .
The non-greasy moisturizer soothes and hydrates sensitive skin.
I love take-out Chinese food, in all its greasy, salty, sticky, deep fried glory.
Coming soon to a prison near you: full-sized, less-greasy meat-mixture patties that fill inmates' buns.
Marshall County's youngest volunteer fire department had another successful fundraising event last weekend and its up-coming greasy pig competition promises more entertainment.
For homes and businesses near the coast, flooding from Hurricane Sandy left greasy residue and worries about long term risks and effects.
Start scaling greasy pole of party politics.
Nice 'N' Greasy Steak 'N' Cheesy.
Last Night's Leftovers: Greasy and Gold Edition.
Michael Landrum's Newest Project: Nice 'n' Greasy , Steak 'n' Cheesy.
And Greasy , Globby Doughnuts.
Shia LaBeouf Sports Beard, Greasy Ponytail.
Nick Avelis takes down the flag in the Greasy Pole Fall Classic held Saturday afternoon at Newell Stadium.
EU Discusses Regulatory Changes for Importing Greasy Wool.
No greasy bearing to install.
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