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oily

[ oi-lee ]
/ ˈɔɪ li /
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adjective, oil·i·er, oil·i·est.

smeared or covered with oil; greasy: an oily road surface.
of the nature of, consisting of, or resembling oil.
of or relating to oil.
full of or containing oil.
smooth or unctuous, as in manner or speech: an oily hypocrite.

adverb

in an oily manner.

SYNONYMS FOR oily

5 fawning, smarmy, bootlicking.

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Origin of oily

First recorded in 1520–30; oil + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM oily

oil·i·ness, nounnon·oil·y, adjectiveun·oil·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oily

oily
/ (ˈɔɪlɪ) /

adjective oilier or oiliest

soaked in or smeared with oil or grease
consisting of, containing, or resembling oil
flatteringly servile or obsequious

Derived forms of oily

oilily, adverboiliness, noun
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