Soily vs Oily - What's the difference?

soily | oily |

As adjectives the difference between soily and oily

is that soily is (obsolete) dirty; soiled while oily is relating to oil.

As a noun oily is

a marble with an oily lustre.




(en adjective)
  • (obsolete) dirty; soiled
  • (Fuller)
    (Webster 1913)



    Alternative forms

    * oyly (obsolete)


  • Relating to oil.
  • Smeared with or containing oil.
  • (figuratively) Excessively friendly or polite so as to sound insincere.
  • Derived terms

    * smell of an oily rag


  • 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
  • oilskins (waterproof garment)