- having the nature or qualities of oil.
- containing oil.
- producing oil.
- unctuous; fawning; smarmy.
Origin of oleaginous
Related Words for oleaginousbuttery, fulsome, insincere, oily, sleek, smarmy, smooth, smug, suave, adipose, fat, greasy, rich, unctuous, blubbery, lardaceous, lardy, suety
Examples from the Web for oleaginous
Contemporary Examples of oleaginous
“You are a great man,” Arafat said, turning on his insincere, oleaginous charm.Bibi's Right: Palestinian Rejectionism Threatens Peace
May 3, 2013
It also gives it an oleaginous mouthfeel that I don't like in soup.Your Friday Gadget Chef Recipe: Two Day Soup
November 9, 2012
She will almost never be praised in public except by oleaginous flatterers desperate for social advantage.Kate's Royal Prison
November 17, 2010
Kissinger, at his oleaginous best, tries to reassure Nixon that, whatever the press says, the bombing achieved its intention.He's Ba-a-a-ack!
December 3, 2008
Historical Examples of oleaginous
"That's part of my business," he heard Burnham say in his sleek, oleaginous accents.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Religion is for the oleaginous, the fat-bellied, chylesaturated devotees of the table.The Fiend's Delight
In the Fero Islands candles are made from this oleaginous matter.Reptiles and Birds
The presence of soluble salts in an emulsion is apt to occasion the separation of the oleaginous portion.
Mr. Hardie did not at first see the exact purport of this oleaginous periphrasis.Hard Cash
- resembling or having the properties of oil
- containing or producing oil
Word Origin for oleaginous
1630s, from French oléagineux (14c.), from Latin oleaginus "of the olive," from olea "olive," alteration of oliva (see olive) by influence of oleum "oil."
- Oily; greasy.