follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

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 relating 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 of oily
1520-1530
1520-30; oil + -y1
Related forms
oiliness, noun
nonoily, adjective
unoily, adjective
Synonyms
5. fawning, smarmy, bootlicking.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for oily
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for oily

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for oily
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for oily

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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for oily

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for oily

7
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for oily