[oi-lee] /ˈɔɪ li/
adjective, oilier, oiliest.
smeared or covered with ; greasy:
an oily road surface.
of the nature of, consisting of, or resembling .
of or relating to .
full of or containing .
smooth or unctuous, as in manner or speech:
an oily hypocrite.
in an oily manner.
adjective oilier, oiliest
soaked in or smeared with oil or grease
consisting of, containing, or resembling oil
flatteringly servile or obsequious
1520s, from oil (n.) + -y (2). Figurative meaning “smooth, unctuous” is from 1590s. Related: Oiliness.
Cunning and ingratiating; sly and unctuous: his perfect-pitch portrayal of Artie, the oily producer of The Larry Sanders Show (1879+)
[oil] /ɔɪl/ noun 1. any of a large class of substances typically unctuous, viscous, combustible, liquid at ordinary temperatures, and soluble in ether or alcohol but not in water: used for anointing, perfuming, lubricating, illuminating, heating, etc. 2. a substance of this or similar consistency. 3. refined or crude petroleum. 4. Painting. 5. Informal. unctuous […]
[oi-lit] /ˈɔɪ lɪt/ noun 1. (def 5).
[oil-yuh-nair] /ˌɔɪl yəˈnɛər/ noun, Canadian Informal. 1. a millionaire whose wealth is derived from the petroleum industry.
[oil-man, -muh n] /ˈɔɪlˌmæn, -mən/ noun, plural oilmen [oil-men, -muh n] /ˈɔɪlˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA) 1. a person who owns or operates wells or an executive in the petroleum industry. 2. a person who retails or delivers , especially for furnaces. /ˈɔɪlmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. a person who owns or operates oil wells 2. […]