What does oily mean?

Definitions for oily
ˈɔɪ lioi·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word oily.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. greasy, oily, sebaceous, oleaginousadjective

    containing an unusual amount of grease or oil

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

  2. buttery, fulsome, oily, oleaginous, smarmy, soapy, unctuousadjective

    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. oilyadjective

    coated or covered with oil

    "oily puddles in the streets"

  4. greasy, oilyadjective

    smeared or soiled with grease or oil

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


  1. oilynoun

    A marble with an oily lustre.

  2. oilyadjective

    Relating to oil.

  3. oilyadjective

    Smeared with or containing oil.

  4. oilyadjective

    Excessively friendly or polite so as to sound insincere.

  5. Etymology: From oil + -y.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oilyadjective

    Etymology: from oil.

    The like cloud, if it were oily or fatty, will not discharge; not because it sticketh faster, but because air preyeth upon water and flame, and fire upon oil. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Flame is grosser than gross fire, by reason of the mixture with it of that viscous oily matter, which, being drawn out of the wood and candle, serves for fewel. Digby.

    Watry substances are more apt to putrify than oily. Francis Bacon.

    This oily rascal is known as well as Paul’s;
    Go call him forth. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.


  1. oily

    An oil is any nonpolar chemical substance that is composed primarily of hydrocarbons and is hydrophobic (does not mix with water) & lipophilic (mixes with other oils). Oils are usually flammable and surface active. Most oils are unsaturated lipids that are liquid at room temperature. The general definition of oil includes classes of chemical compounds that may be otherwise unrelated in structure, properties, and uses. Oils may be animal, vegetable, or petrochemical in origin, and may be volatile or non-volatile. They are used for food (e.g., olive oil), fuel (e.g., heating oil), medical purposes (e.g., mineral oil), lubrication (e.g. motor oil), and the manufacture of many types of paints, plastics, and other materials. Specially prepared oils are used in some religious ceremonies and rituals as purifying agents.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oily in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oily in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of oily in a Sentence

  1. Joshua Zeichner:

    If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a primer that minimizes shine, blurs the pores and prevents breakouts, salicylic acid is a go-to ingredient because it keeps the pores clear and removes excess oil from the skin.

  2. Joshua Zeichner:

    The Jori Acne and Oil control primer is dermatologist-formulated specifically for people with adult breakouts and oily skin, it contains maximum strength 2 % salicylic acid along with a blend of botanicals that address the needs of adult skin. It can be worn on its own for a silky complexion or under makeup to help it go on smoother and stay on longer. Most importantly, it treats pimples and prevents future breakouts.

  3. John Brick:

    It cuts through grease in your stomach much the same way it cleans grease off oily car parts.

  4. Kevin Feldis:

    Nobody knows exactly how much oily waste is illegally dumped from ships, but as this case demonstrates, a determined engineer with a few pieces of equipment who does not have proper oversight can easily circumvent the pollution prevention equipment onboard vessels.

  5. Kevin Feldis:

    This is the first time we have charged Clean Water Act crimes for an actual discharge of oil into the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) off the coast of Alaska, as detailed in the court documents, witnesses saw a sheen off the side of the vessel after the chief engineer hooked up a pump to illegally dump oily bilge water overboard.

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