[syn: greasy, oily]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Oily \Oil"y\, a. [Compar. Oilier; superl. Oiliest.]
1. Consisting of oil; containing oil; having the nature or
qualities of oil; unctuous; oleaginous; as, oily matter or
2. Covered with oil; greasy; hence, resembling oil; as, an
3. Smoothly subservient; supple; compliant; plausible;
insinuating. "This oily rascal." --Shak.
His oily compliance in all alterations. --Fuller.
Oily grain (Bot.), the sesame.
Oily palm, the oil palm.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: containing an unusual amount of grease or oil; "greasy
hamburgers"; "oily fried potatoes"; "oleaginous seeds"
[syn: greasy, oily, sebaceous, oleaginous]
2: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner
or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome
introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous
hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah
Heep"; "soapy compliments" [syn: buttery, fulsome,
oily, oleaginous, smarmy, soapy, unctuous]
3: coated or covered with oil; "oily puddles in the streets"
4: smeared or soiled with grease or oil; "greasy coveralls";
"get rid of rubbish and oily rags" [syn: greasy, oily]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "oily":
Pecksniffian, adipose, adulatory, bland, blandishing, blarneying,
blubbery, buttery, butyraceous, cajoling, canting, chrismal,
chrismatory, complimentary, courtierly, courtly, disarming,
fair-spoken, fat, fatty, fawning, fine-spoken, flattering, fulsome,
glib, goody-goody, greased, greasy, gushing, holier-than-thou,
honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, honeyed, hypocritic, hypocritical,
ingratiating, insincere, insinuating, lardaceous, lardy, lubric,
lubricated, lubricious, mealymouthed, mucoid, obsequious, oiled,
oily-tongued, oleaginous, oleic, pharisaic, pharisean, rich,
sanctimonious, sebaceous, servile, simon-pure, sleek, slick,
sliddery, slimy, slippery, slippy, slithery, slobbery, smarmy,
smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, smug, soaped, soapy,
soft-soaping, soft-spoken, sophisticated, suave, suave-spoken,
suety, sycophantic, tallowy, unctuous, unguent, unguentary,
unguentous, urbane, wheedling