oily

adjective
\ˈȯi-lē \
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 \ adverb
oiliness \ ˈȯi-​lē-​nəs \ 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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This unique, professional powder compound adheres to hair without being sticky or oily and without dulling roots or making them look dry. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "The #1 Way To Touch Up Your Own Roots," 26 Mar. 2015 The product—which includes a peel, neutralizer, and mask—is described as a fit for those with normal, oily, and acne-prone skin. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "The Acne Treatment The Bachelor's Ashley Iaconetti Swears By for Stubborn Chin Breakouts," 27 June 2018 Try Eve Lom Cleanser ($50), which contains eucalyptus oil to remove dirt and other impurities, for normal to dry skin, or the Bioré Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam ($6) for people with oily skin. Talia Abbas, SELF, "I Had a Dermatologist Critique My Skin-Care Routine—and Here's What I'm Changing," 20 June 2018 Skin spatula devices show a milky, oily liquid coming out of pores. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The "Skin Spatula" Device Is Going Viral as a Blackhead Treatment," 6 July 2018 Unlike some, this recipe is neither too dry nor too oily. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Spread joy: Cook with peanut butter | The Sacramento Bee," 3 Apr. 2018 Fish, whether whole or cut, should be firm and shiny, but never soft, mushy, sticky or oily, signs of age. Nicole Sours Larson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 My combination skin, usually dehydrated yet still oily around my forehead, looked more even textured and hydrated. Sarah Ban, SELF, "I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up.," 1 Apr. 2018 The oily gaseous mixture then deposits on the intake valves via the positive crankcase ventilation, or PCV, system. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Drivers can ship your car cross country," 8 July 2018

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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 \
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 \
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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