Definition of oily in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɔɪli

adjective (oilier, oiliest)

  • 1Containing oil: taramasalata and hummus are both oily and rich
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    • If only we would eschew processed foods for our healthy natural ingredients, remembering our traditional diet of nutritious oily fish, game, berries, oats and kale.
    • Omega - 3 fatty acids, such as those in oily fish and flaxseed oil, can relieve dry eyes by easing inflammation and stimulating tear production.
    • The mackerel was fresh, delicate and delicious; the slightly oily nature of the fish being beautifully cut away by the tomato and coriander flavours.
  • 1.1Covered or soaked with oil: an oily rag
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    • These are not only attractive, but extremely functional in providing a secure grip even if your hand is wet or oily.
    • An oily rag, which spontaneously combusted, ignited the complex and burned most of the storage units, including his next door.
    • He wiped his hands on an oily rag, and ran his eye over it one last time.
    greasy, oleaginous; slippery, slimy
    technical sebaceous, pinguid, unctuous
  • 1.2Resembling oil in appearance or behaviour: the oily swell of the river
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    • They all seemed perplexingly afflicted with the same strange disease as Henrietta, an illness that gave them an oily and grayish appearance almost like a fish.
    • Kitting up in a boat rolling sickeningly in the oily swells proves as emotional here as anywhere else in the world, but soon, feeling slightly green around the gills, we are ready to dive.
    • It was a calm day in the middle of September, with a heavy fog over the sound, so that the run down from Chatham was cold and dreary, the swells looking oily in the gray light.





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  • This step stimulates the circulation, reduces oiliness, helps to refine the pores and skin texture, and removes the last traces of grease, dead cells and grime.
  • Typical acne was present in addition to the excoriations in 33 percent while only increased oiliness and no clear-cut acne lesions were present in 67 percent.
  • Oily hair is often a good candidate for chemical processing since the formulas may actually eliminate some of the excess oiliness.

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