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Definitions and Synonyms of oily | Another word for oily | What is oily?

Definition 1: coated or covered with oil - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where oily or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • oily puddles in the streets

(oily is similar to ...) having a coating; covered with an outer layer or film; often used in combination

"coated paper has a smooth polished coating especially suitable for halftone printing" "sugar-coated pills"

Definition 2: smeared or soiled with grease or oil - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where oily or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • greasy coveralls
  • get rid of rubbish and oily rags

Synonyms for oily in the sense of this definition

(oily is similar to ...) soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

"dirty unswept sidewalks" "a child in dirty overalls" "dirty slums" "piles of dirty dishes" "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet" "wore an unclean shirt" "mining is a dirty job" "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"

Definition 3: containing an unusual amount of grease or oil - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where oily or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • greasy hamburgers
  • oily fried potatoes
  • oleaginous seeds

Synonyms for oily in the sense of this definition

(oily is similar to ...) containing or composed of fat

"fatty food" "fat tissue"

Definition 4: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where oily or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • buttery praise
  • gave him a fulsome introduction
  • an oily sycophantic press agent
  • oleaginous hypocrisy
  • smarmy self-importance
  • the unctuous Uriah Heep
  • soapy compliments

Synonyms for oily in the sense of this definition

(oily is similar to ...) lacking sincerity

"a charming but thoroughly insincere woman" "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

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