• WordNet 3.6
    • adj oily smeared or soiled with grease or oil "greasy coveralls","get rid of rubbish and oily rags"
    • adj oily containing an unusual amount of grease or oil "greasy hamburgers","oily fried potatoes","oleaginous seeds"
    • adj oily coated or covered with oil "oily puddles in the streets"
    • adj oily unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech "buttery praise","gave him a fulsome introduction","an oily sycophantic press agent","oleaginous hypocrisy","smarmy self-importance","the unctuous Uriah Heep","soapy compliments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crayola is a French word that means "Oily chalk."
    • Oily Consisting of oil; containing oil; having the nature or qualities of oil; unctuous; oleaginous; as, oily matter or substance.
    • Oily Covered with oil; greasy; hence, resembling oil; as, an oily appearance.
    • Oily Smoothly subservient; supple; compliant; plausible; insinuating. "This oily rascal.""His oily compliance in all alterations."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The candlefish is so oily that it was once burned for fuel
    • oily Consisting of oil; containing oil; having some of the qualities of oil: as, oily matter; an oily fluid.
    • oily Appearing as if oiled; resembling oil.
    • oily Fat; greasy.
    • oily Figuratively, unctuous; smooth; insinuatingly and smoothly sanctimonious; blandly pious; fawning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During warm weather, hippos secrete a reddish, oily fluid, called pink sweat, which acts as a skin conditioner to keep it moist.
    • adj Oily consisting of, containing, or having the qualities of oil: greasy
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  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “A little, round, fat, oily man of God.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. oile (Fr. huile)—L. oleum—Gr. elaionelaia, the olive.


In literature:

What's he do but plumb hack off all of Oily Jones' long hair.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
So did his manner, which was soft and oily.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
There is something oily inside of them, and how it gets there I never could tell.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
He had brought a man down from San Francisco, a big politician with an oily tongue.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Moving from group to group, portly, unctuous, insinuating, a man with an oily voice was doing battle in the cause of Webb.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
The oily swells came up that moon-path in undulating folds to break in silver fragments along the shore.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
All this time a full-blooded Indian with long, blue-black hair, very thick and oily, had been watching the game with excited eyes.
"The Girl of the Golden West" by David Belasco
For safety's sake, all oily cloths should be burned or kept in metal vessels.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
He was a tall young man with inspired eyes and oily hair.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
Oiliness of the skin may be remedied by washing with water containing a teaspoonful of borax or a tablespoonful of alcohol.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891" by Various
Marry her quick, then, before the poor girl falls into the hands of some oily-headed hermit.
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
It was oily and fishy but an excellent substitute for nothing at all, and the syndicate was grateful.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
They are often used for cooking in the place of suet, being very oily.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
The flavor is rich but the nut being oily soon becomes rancid.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
The fellow had a soft, slimy tongue and an oily manner.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
All around were the green rollers, rising and falling with an oily swell.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
It has a large sub-caudal gland, secreting an oily fluid.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
This was the Senator Palomba, Mayor of Rome, a suave, oily man, with little twinkling eyes.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Every now and then a lonely carriage spluttered along the oily and pool-strewn pavement of the cross-street.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
The large nuts, known also as saowari or suwarow nuts, are the hard stone of the fruit and contain an oily nutritious seed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various

In poetry:

By the burnished laurel line
Glimmering flows the singing stream;
Oily eddies crease and shine
O'er white pebbles, white as cream.
"Serenade" by Madison Julius Cawein
And the devil winks sly: and he says, "Ay, ay!"
Old fellow, I guess you'll do.
You can work more wrong with that oily tongue
Than all my malicious crew.
"Origin Of The Liquor Dealer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Black monstrous bridges across oily rivers,
Cobwebs of cable to nameless things spun;
Catacomb deeps whose dank chaos delivers
Streams of live foetor that rots in the sun.
"The Cats" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The Minister of State, with ease
Can draw your money when he please;
Although the cash you hold is plenty,
Can quickly leave your pocket empty.
His oily tongue has oft beguil'd;
Yet he must fall beneath the child.
"The Valentine" by William Hutton
That was what Bob Cruikshanks said,
With an oily hand that still would feel
Round the fringes of his beard so red,
While the other felt for a pipe which he
Lit, with a shake of his head at me,
As he leant against the driving-wheel.
"Bob Cruikshanks" by Alexander Anderson
Far o'er the-wild Atlantic we steered our westward way,
Where never voice is heard, my boys, save wail of bird and breeze,
And the cold dead fog it whelmed us and held us night and day
Till a wind came down from northward and tore the oily seas.
"How We Took The Great Galleon" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Lee's oily floodwaters leave lurking dangers.
How to Manage Oily Skin.
Manage Your Oily Skin and Fight Acne.
Farmer finds oily surprise on property.
22-mile-long oily plume mapped near BP well site.
Henny-Penny and the Oily Water.
Alex spreads tar balls, oily water along Gulf.
) an " Oily Bird Award" yesterday—a fake, oil-coated pelican.
Oily Liquid Confirmed on Saturn Moon.
Oily leak mars tracks.
Hazmat situation prompts evacuations in San Jose after oily substance found in sewer main.
Likewise, wine tannin makes the fats appear less fatty or oily on the palate.
Just then Mulenga stepped out of the garage, wiping his hands off on an oily rag.
With bottle age in the cellar, only about three to four years, the lime notes subside, evolving into a rich, oily kerosene scent.
The faster you eliminate the oily residue, the greater your chances of neutralizing the odor.