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

Other Words from oily

oilily \ ˈȯi-​lə-​lē How to pronounce oily (audio) \ adverb
oiliness \ ˈȯi-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce oily (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Someone with dry skin might find a moisturizer that's great for them but that same moisturizer might not be the right one for someone with oily skin. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 20 May 2022 The coverage lasted all day, even on a tester with oily skin, and didn’t irritate another user with very sensitive skin. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 Where this makeup sponge fell short is when our tester — who has oily skin and hyperpigmentation — tried to build up the coverage of the foundation on her skin with this sponge. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 16 May 2022 For instance, a matte finish may work well for oily skin, while dry skin could benefit from a dewier finish. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 5 May 2022 Two other favorites among Allure editors: Shiseido Synchro Skin Soft Blurring Primer (for oily skin) and Make Up For Ever Step 1 Hydra Booster Primer (for a luminous finish), both Best of Beauty winners. Allure, 3 May 2022 The coverage lasted all day, even on a tester with oily skin, and didn’t irritate another user with very sensitive skin. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 According to celebrity makeup artist Matthew Allen, powder bronzers are better for oily skin. ELLE, 22 Apr. 2022 For oily skin types, KraveBeauty's site recommends layering on small amounts of the serum at a time, rather than piling on a giant pump all at once. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 May 2022

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“Oily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oily. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for oily

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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