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oily

[oi-lee] /ˈɔɪ li/
adjective, oilier, oiliest.
1.
smeared or covered with oil; greasy:
an oily road surface.
2.
of the nature of, consisting of, or resembling oil.
3.
of or pertaining to oil.
4.
full of or containing oil.
5.
smooth or unctuous, as in manner or speech:
an oily hypocrite.
adverb
6.
in an oily manner.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; oil + -y1
Related forms
oiliness, noun
nonoily, adjective
unoily, adjective
Synonyms
5. fawning, smarmy, bootlicking.
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British Dictionary definitions for oiliness

oily

/ˈɔɪlɪ/
adjective oilier, oiliest
1.
soaked in or smeared with oil or grease
2.
consisting of, containing, or resembling oil
3.
flatteringly servile or obsequious
Derived Forms
oilily, adverb
oiliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for oiliness

oily

adj.

1520s, from oil (n.) + -y (2). Figurative meaning "smooth, unctuous" is from 1590s. Related: Oiliness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for oiliness

oily

adjective

Cunning and ingratiating; sly and unctuous: his perfect-pitch portrayal of Artie, the oily producer of The Larry Sanders Show (1879+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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