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"oily" in British English

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oilyadjective

uk   /ˈɔɪ.li/  us   /ˈɔɪ.li/
  • oily adjective (WITH OIL)

consisting of or ​similar to ​oil: an oily ​liquid
covered in ​oil or ​containing a lot of ​oil: an oily ​rag oily ​fish I have oily ​skin (= it ​produces a lot of ​oil).
  • oily adjective (TOO FRIENDLY)

too ​friendly and ​polite in a way that is not ​sincere
(Definition of oily from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"oily" in American English

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oilyadjective

 us   /ˈɔɪ·li/
  • oily adjective (FAT)

like ​oil, or ​containing or ​covered with ​oil: an oily ​liquid oily ​skin/​hair
  • oily adjective (FUEL)

covered in or ​containing a lot of ​oil: an oily ​rag
(Definition of oily from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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