oily etymology

English word oily comes from English -y, English oil

Detailed word origin of oily

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-y English (eng) Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.. Used in the name of some locations which end in -ia in Latin. Forming diminutive nouns. Also used for familiar and pet names as a term of endearment. Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning “having the quality of”.. Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
oil English (eng) (transitive) To grease with oil for cooking.. (transitive) To lubricate with oil. An oil painting.. Liquid fat.. Petroleum-based liquid used as fuel or lubricant.
oily English (eng) (figuratively) Excessively friendly or polite but insincere.. Covered with or containing oil.. Relating to or resembling oil. (in the plural, informal) Oilskins. (waterproof garment). A marble with an oily lustre.

Words with the same origin as oily

Descendants of -y
andy apply bags bunny creepy dummy funny handy healthy heavy kitty mommy pretty pussy risky rocky rusty scary sexy shitty skinny sonny tiny tony woody