Definitions for oilyˈɔɪ li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oil•yˈɔɪ li(adj.)oil•i•er, oil•i•est.

  1. smeared or covered with oil; greasy.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. of the nature of, consisting of, or resembling oil.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. of or pertaining to oil.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. full of or containing oil.

    Category: Chemistry

  5. smooth or unctuous, as in manner or speech.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. greasy, oily, sebaceous, oleaginous(adj)

    containing an unusual amount of grease or oil

    "greasy hamburgers"; "oily fried potatoes"; "oleaginous seeds"

  2. buttery, fulsome, oily, oleaginous, smarmy, soapy, unctuous(adj)

    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

    "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep"; "soapy compliments"

  3. oily(adj)

    coated or covered with oil

    "oily puddles in the streets"

  4. greasy, oily(adj)

    smeared or soiled with grease or oil

    "greasy coveralls"; "get rid of rubbish and oily rags"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. oily(adjective)ˈɔɪ li

    covered in or containing oil, often in an unpleasant way

    an oily salad dressing; oily skin


  1. oily(Noun)

    A marble with an oily lustre.

  2. oily(Adjective)

    Relating to oil.

  3. oily(Adjective)

    Smeared with or containing oil.

  4. oily(Adjective)

    Excessively friendly or polite so as to sound insincere.

  5. Origin: From oil + -y.

Translations for oily

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of, like or covered with oil

an oily liquid; an oily rag.

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