Definition of “oily” - English Dictionary

“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)