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Meaning of “oily” in the English Dictionary

"oily" in British English

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oilyadjective

uk   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)
Translations of “oily”
in Chinese (Simplified) 含油的, 似油的, 多油的…
in Turkish yağlı, yağ kaplı, yağ içinde…
in Russian жирный, покрытый маслом…
in Chinese (Traditional) 含油的, 似油的, 多油的…
in Polish tłusty, oleisty…
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