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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The cause is still under investigation, but an initial finding suggested that oily rags spontaneously combusted in a garage, fire officials said. Washington Post, "Fire damages two homes in Montgomery County, causes $1 million in damage," 11 Sep. 2019 The deep-fried spring rolls were unfortunately oily. Daily Pilot, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 6 Sep. 2019 The deep-fried spring rolls were unfortunately oily. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 2 Sep. 2019 Augsburg University is suing its dining service vendor over a 2017 fire that reportedly started when an employee placed oily rags in a dryer. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Augsburg lawsuit blames Roseville dining contractor for $1.3M fire," 3 Sep. 2019 Be sure to check out the greasy pole climb on Sept. 2, where contestants attempt to scale an oily telephone pole for a cash prize. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "7 things to do on Labor Day in Cleveland," 2 Sep. 2019 Rouleau suggests following the same routine as for oily skin, as a last step. Chloe Metzger And Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 29 Aug. 2019 Bicycle grease: Frasier suggests pretreating this oily stain with a degreaser such as Mean Green, Simple Green or Dawn liquid dish soap. Jura Koncius, courant.com, "Stains are a summer staple. Here’s how to defeat them," 8 Aug. 2019 But when fried in a hot, oily pan at your favorite Italian restaurant, eggplant’s spongy texture absorbs all the oil in the pan, making for a decadent and heavy dish. Stephanie Thurrott, NBC News, "Healthier Italian: Food pros share 4 restaurant dishes you can make at home," 20 Aug. 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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