greasy

greasy
greasily, adv.greasiness, n.
/gree"see, -zee/, adj., greasier, greasiest.
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.
5. Vet. Pathol. affected with grease.
[1505-15]
Pronunciation. GREASY is almost always pronounced as /gree"zee/, with a medial /z/, in the South Midland and Southern U.S. and as /gree"see/, with a medial /s/, in New England, New York State, and the Great Lakes Basin. Speakers of New Jersey and eastern 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, where the present U.S. pattern emerged.

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