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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Oily or greasy. Also: Too polite in speech or manner.

Usage examples (33)
  • His manner was unctuous and not at all genuine.
  • The staff in unctuous to regulars and condescending to those of us who still dress as if we lived in Seattle.
  • Now, I don't know if my unctuous is the same as your unctuous, you know, so - but it came out great.
  • BTW: the word "unctuous" used above is not a misspelling. for more
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