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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The formula is amazing for my combo/oily skin type, and Cover FX Power Play Foundation is ideal for women of color. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "5 Foundations Dark-Skinned Beauty Bloggers Love," 17 Aug. 2018 And the pigment itself dries down to this rich, satin-y black that looks luxurious and won't budge, even if your eyelids are oily (a real thing, folks). Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Tom Ford's $58 Liquid Eyeliner Is the Best Money I Ever Spent," 8 Jan. 2019 The sauce was flavorful without being overly oily, salty, or garlicky. Melanie Mannarino, Redbook, "Seafood Dinners—Fast," 1 Apr. 2010 Depending on certain factors, like your skin type (oily skin won't hold the pigment as well), age, and skin care routine, microfeathering will usually last eight to 12 months, max. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Microblading, Microshading, and Microfeathering: What's the Difference?," 23 Dec. 2018 Since grout can absorb soap as much as a stain, the TCNA says not to use Murphy's Oil soap, Pine Sol, or any product that will leave a waxy or oily film. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Doing This To "Clean" Your Grout Is Actually Causing Damage," 6 Nov. 2018 Perhaps worst of all, the whole thing has an air of oily condescension. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Why Are So Many White Male Republicans Afraid of Weed?," 9 Jan. 2018 People with dry skin have fewer NMFs, while people with oily skin have more. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 2018 Johns applies oil to objects, rubs them on paper and then adds pigment to fix the oily impressions. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns’ Review: Willfully Obtuse," 12 Nov. 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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