- a soft, unctuous preparation, often medicated, for application to the skin; unguent.
Origin of ointment
SynonymsSee more synonyms for ointment on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for ointment
John McCormack has been the dogged fly in the ointment here.On Abortion, Wendy Davis Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About
August 8, 2013
This means not being the fly in the ointment of peace talks.Hillary's Dangerous Mideast Leap
Leslie H. Gelb
September 15, 2010
Hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes—the inevitable fly in the ointment of any big new liberal idea.Next Battle for Health Care
November 8, 2009
The flaw in Gaga's ointment too was is in part that she was upstaged by Kanye.Leave Kanye Alone
September 14, 2009
He put the filings in a little pot which had been used for ointment of some kind.My Double Life
Melt the wax with the lard over a gentle fire, and sprinkle in the tutty, continually stirring them till the ointment is cold.
Take an ounce of the ointment called nutritum, the yolk of a small egg, or the half of a large one, and mix them well together.
In such a case, is the substance which is anointed the same as the colour or ointment?Lysis
There's only one small fly in the ointment, so far as I can see.Lighter Than You Think
- a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect
- a similar substance used as a cosmetic
Word Origin and History for ointment
late 13c., from Old French oignement "ointment, salve, unguent," from Vulgar Latin *unguimentum, from Latin unguentum (see unguent). The first -t- emerged in Old French from oint, past participle of verb oindre "to anoint."
- A highly viscous or semisolid preparation usually containing medicinal substances and intended for external application.
Idioms and Phrases with ointment
see fly in the ointment.