oily

adjective \ ˈȯi-lē \

Definition of oily

oilier; oiliest
1 :of, relating to, or consisting of oil
2 a :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

oilily

play \ˈȯi-lə-lē\ adverb

oiliness

play \ˈȯi-lē-nəs\ noun

Examples of oily in a Sentence

  1. The liquid has an oily feel.

  2. a pile of oily rags

  3. The salad dressing was very oily.

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First Known Use of oily

14th century


OILY Defined for English Language Learners

oily

adjective

Definition of oily for English Language Learners

  • : having the smooth or greasy quality of oil

  • : covered or soaked with oil

  • : containing or producing a large amount of oil


OILY Defined for Kids

oily

adjective \ ˈȯi-lē \

Definition of oily for Students

oilier; oiliest
:covered with or containing a greasy substance
  • oily rags

oiliness

noun

Medical Dictionary

oily

adjective \ ˈȯi-lē \

medical Definition of oily

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


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