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Meaning of UNCTUOUS

Pronunciation:  'ungkchoous

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep"

UNCTUOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: buttery, fulsome, insincere, oily, oleaginous, smarmy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Unc"tu*ous\ (?; 135), a. [F. onctueux, LL. unctuosus,
fr. L. unctus anointment, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See
1. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty;
   oily; greasy. ``The unctuous cheese.'' --Longfellow.

2. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.

3. Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; as, an unctuous
   speech; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid. --
   {Unc"tu*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Unc"tu*ous*ness}, n.