[ US /ˈɔɪɫi/ ]
[ UK /ˈɔ‍ɪli/ ]
  1. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
    soapy compliments
    oleaginous hypocrisy
    gave him a fulsome introduction
    the unctuous Uriah Heep
    buttery praise
    an oily sycophantic press agent
    smarmy self-importance
  2. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
    oily fried potatoes
    oleaginous seeds
    greasy hamburgers
  3. smeared or soiled with grease or oil
    get rid of rubbish and oily rags
    greasy coveralls
  4. coated or covered with oil
    oily puddles in the streets
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How To Use oily In A Sentence

  • The black and white images suggested a lunar surface with bright elevated land masses, grooved by sloping drainage channels and seemingly surrounded by dark, still pools of oily liquid.
  • I looked up and saw that the trees I was standing under were eucalypts, which had released their oily, pungent aroma into the wet air.
  • He was a large, meaty, oily type of man — a kind of ambling, gelatinous formula of the male, with the usual sound commercial instincts of the Jew, but with an errant philosophy which led him to believe first one thing and then another so long as neither interfered definitely with his business. The Titan
  • However, the duck confit was cut up in cold bits and enmeshed in a strange, oily construction of mushrooms and haricots verts.
  • It widely considered the president's attempt to save a sliver of his otherwise, rather soily international legacy. Archive 2008-11-01
  • Some savoury recipes also use rhubarb, as its tanginess makes it an ideal accompaniment for fatty meats or oily fish.
  • His thin, white hair was clumped in oily points that yellowed at the tips.
  • Oily fish such as herring, kippers, mackerel, pilchards, salmon, sardines and trout, contain oils that can lessen the risk of thrombosis.
  • It's a delicate white fish that's less fishy and less oily than the kind of catfish that usually gets drowned in chili powder.
  • He was oily in character, very slick and unclean.
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