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 adverb
oiliness 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 Also, people with more oily skin may want to use a product that is more mattifying, instead of snail mucin, which is very hydrating. USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 Fry to try: The thin, crispy shoestring-potato Fancy Fries ($7) are topped with parsley and Parmesan shavings — scented with garlic but without the oily slick of some garlic fries. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 Apply it to the driest parts of your hair and gently massage it onto the scalp, but avoid putting too much if your scalp tends to be oily. Jenn Barthole, Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 Those with an oily skin type tend to have excess sebum, which can lead to buildup under the skin, and thus, acne. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Redway says those with naturally oily scalps will especially benefit from dry shampoo use to soak up the oils. Ana Morales, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2024 But not every Swayze character is oily in such a desirable way. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 Roughly 1,050 pounds of oily waste, sand and tar balls were also removed from the shoreline, and one aquatic diving bird with oil on it was recovered, according to the Coast Guard. Taylor Romine, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Now toner usually refers to liquid formulations geared toward oily skin that's in need of gentle exfoliation and resurfacing. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oily was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Oily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oily. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

oily

adjective
oilier; oiliest
1
: of, relating to, or consisting of oil
2
a
: covered or soaked with oil
b
: high in oils that are naturally produced
oily skin
oiliness noun

Medical Definition

oily

adjective
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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