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- oyly (obsolete)
- Relating to or resembling oil.
- 1895 May 7, H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, “The Further Vision”, in The Time Machine: An Invention, New York, N.Y.: Henry Holt and Company, →OCLC, page 195:
- There were no breakers and no waves, for not a breath of wind was stirring. Only a slight oily swell rose and fell like a gentle breathing, and showed that the eternal sea was still moving and living.
- Covered with or containing oil.
- (figurative) Excessively friendly or polite but insincere.
- c. 1603–1606 (date written), [William Shakespeare], […] His True Chronicle Historie of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters. […] (First Quarto), London: […] Nathaniel Butter, […], published 1608, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- […] for I want that glib and oyly Art,
To ſpeake and purpoſe not, ſince what I well entend
Ile do’t before I ſpeake, […]
- 1846 October 1 – 1848 April 1, Charles Dickens, “A Trifle of Management by Mr. Carker the Manager”, in Dombey and Son, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1848, →OCLC, page 211:
- Mr. Carker the Manager, sly of manner, sharp of tooth, soft of foot, watchful of eye, oily of tongue, cruel of heart, nice of habit, sat with a dainty stedfastness and patience at his work, as if he were waiting at a mouse’s hole.
relating to oil
covered with or containing oil
excessively friendly or polite
oily (plural oilies)
- A marble with an oily lustre.
- 1998, Joanna Cole, Stephanie Calmenson, Michael Street, Marbles: 101 ways to play:
- Lustered (also called lusters, rainbows, oilies, and pearls).
- 2001, Paul Webley, The economic psychology of everyday life, page 39:
- But marbles are not only used to play games: they are also traded. In this market, the value of the different kinds of marbles (oilies, emperors, etc.) is determined by local supply and demand and not by the price of the marbles […]
- (in the plural, informal) Oilskins. (waterproof garment)