from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to oil.
  • adj. Impregnated, smeared with, or containing oil; greasy.
  • adj. Excessively suave in action or behavior; unctuous. See Synonyms at unctuous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to oil.
  • adj. Smeared with or containing oil.
  • adj. Excessively friendly or polite so as to sound insincere.
  • n. A marble with an oily lustre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of oil; containing oil; having the nature or qualities of oil; unctuous; oleaginous.
  • adj. Covered with oil; greasy; hence, resembling oil.
  • adj. Smoothly subservient; supple; compliant; plausible; insinuating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of oil; containing oil; having some of the qualities of oil: as, oily matter; an oily fluid.
  • Appearing as if oiled; resembling oil.
  • Fat; greasy.
  • Figuratively, unctuous; smooth; insinuatingly and smoothly sanctimonious; blandly pious; fawning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. smeared or soiled with grease or oil
  • adj. coated or covered with oil
  • adj. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
  • adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech


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From oil + -y.


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