oily

adjective
\ ˈȯi-lē How to pronounce oily (audio) \
oilier; oiliest

Definition of oily

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of oil
2a : covered or impregnated with oil oily rags
b : relatively high in naturally secreted oils oily skin oily hair
3 : excessively smooth or suave in manner

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Other Words from oily

oilily \ ˈȯi-​lə-​lē How to pronounce oilily (audio) \ adverb
oiliness \ ˈȯi-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce oiliness (audio) \ noun

Examples of oily in a Sentence

The liquid has an oily feel. a pile of oily rags The salad dressing was very oily.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Same for the shrimp fritters from the seasonal menu ($12), which shone like small oily suns in their dish. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "The Spanish still flies at Bulla Gastrobar | Review," 11 July 2019 Running a chopstick along the spine, the fish separated into clean halves for easy access to meat that accentuated the mackerel’s deep, oily flavor with citrus, salt and sour notes. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019 This Is Amazon’s Number One Lash Serum, and People Are Freaking Out About It Eyeliner Average life span: one year Immediately part ways with your pencil liner if the tip starts oozing an oily substance or forms a white film. Jolene Edgar, Health.com, "When to Throw Away Your Makeup, According to a Dermatologist," 2 July 2019 The company has said remaining pipes are buried under so much oily and treacherous silt that stopping any leaks would do more environmental damage than letting them be. Washington Post, "Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner’s claims," 24 June 2019 Generally, the oilier ocean fish (like salmon, mackerel, and sardines) tend to be higher in omega-3 while the milder fish and and shellfish are lower. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Are Omega-3 Eggs as Good as Eating Fish?," 20 June 2019 Szechuan-style pork with an oily hot sauce is just spicy enough. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 20 June 2019 Its flavor is monotonous and the spinach is oily, regardless of the answer. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Beyond Spago, exploring Wolfgang Puck’s L.A. empire at Cut and Chinois on Main," 27 June 2019 Buy Now: $2.50, target.com Gold Bond Ultimate Skin Therapy Cream with Aloe This bargain brand soaks into your skin immediately with nearly zero oily residue, plus it’s fragrance-free so your scent-sensitive seat mate won’t give you the stink-eye. Rachel Tepper Paley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Make Your Own Business-Class Worthy Dopp Kit," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of oily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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oily

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of oily

: having the smooth or greasy quality of oil
: covered or soaked with oil
: containing or producing a large amount of oil

oily

adjective
\ ˈȯi-lē How to pronounce oily (audio) \
oilier; oiliest

Kids Definition of oily

: covered with or containing a greasy substance oily rags

Other Words from oily

oiliness noun

oily

adjective
\ ˈȯi-lē How to pronounce oily (audio) \
oilier; oiliest

Medical Definition of oily

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of oil
2 : excessively high in naturally secreted oils oily hair oily skin

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