Synonyms for oily

Synonyms for (adjective) oily

Synonyms: oily, greasy

Definition: smeared or soiled with grease or oil

Usage: greasy coveralls; get rid of rubbish and oily rags

Similar words: soiled, dirty, unclean

Definition: soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

Usage: dirty unswept sidewalks; a child in dirty overalls; dirty slums; piles of dirty dishes; put his dirty feet on the clean sheet; wore an unclean shirt; mining is a dirty job; Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves


Synonyms: greasy, sebaceous, oily, oleaginous

Definition: containing an unusual amount of grease or oil

Usage: greasy hamburgers; oily fried potatoes; oleaginous seeds

Similar words: fat, fatty

Definition: containing or composed of fat

Usage: fatty food; fat tissue


Synonyms: oily

Definition: coated or covered with oil

Usage: oily puddles in the streets

Similar words: coated

Definition: having a coating; covered with an outer layer or film; often used in combination

Usage: coated paper has a smooth polished coating especially suitable for halftone printing; sugar-coated pills


Synonyms: unctuous, oily, oleaginous, fulsome, smarmy, soapy, buttery

Definition: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

Usage: buttery praise; gave him a fulsome introduction; an oily sycophantic press agent; oleaginous hypocrisy; smarmy self-importance; the unctuous Uriah Heep; soapy compliments

Similar words: insincere

Definition: lacking sincerity

Usage: a charming but thoroughly insincere woman; their praise was extravagant and insincere