oilily

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Etymology[edit]

From oily +‎ -ly.

Adverb[edit]

oilily (comparative more oilily, superlative most oilily)

  1. Flatteringly, obsequiously. [from 19th c.]
  2. In an oily way; with the appearance or consistency of oil. [from 19th c.]
    • 1871, Gail Hamilton, Gala-days (page 191)
      [] the nicest young man that ever was, — daintily gloved, patently booted, oilily curled, snowily wristbanded, with a lovely cambric (prima facie) handkerchief bound about his hyacinthine locks and polished hat.
    • 1952, Doris Lessing, Martha Quest, Panther 1974, p. 158:
      The tarmac road glistened oilily, the sun poured down, there was a strong smell of warm tar.

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