Unctuous Definition

Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest.
Was annoyed by the unctuous waiter.
American Heritage
Made up of or containing fat or oil.
Webster's New World
Of, like, or characteristic of an ointment or unguent; oily or greasy.
Webster's New World
Like oil, soap, or grease to the touch.
Webster's New World
Soft and rich.
Webster's New World

Origin of Unctuous

  • Middle English from Old French unctueus from Medieval Latin ūnctuōsus from Latin ūnctum ointment from neuter past participle of unguere to anoint

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin unctuōsus (“oily"), from Latin unguere, ungere (“to anoint").

    From Wiktionary

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