Definition Of unctuous


(chiefly of minerals) having a greasy or soapy feel.

Still, the lure of any luxury item - whether it be Beluga caviar, Dom Perignon champagne or an unctuous blob of sea-urchin roe - springs partly from its cost.

(of a person) excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily.

he seemed anxious to please but not in an unctuous way

Example Of unctuous

  • A home-made coleslaw, full of organic vegetables and coated in unctuous mayonnaise, accompanies a baked potato admirably, the slurpy dressing removing the need for any added butter.

  • A quick jolt in the microwave will restore its soft unctuousness , even if its soupiness is gone.

  • An assembly of fresh wild mushrooms was heavily scented with dried ceps, the cheese had been employed with restraint, adding unctuousness to the sauce, and interesting secondary flavour.

  • Another commentator derided the presenter's ‘mixture of solicitous concern, unctuous charm and glib moralising.’

  • As one settles in amid the eminently tasteful pine green and deep brown colour scheme, one is instantaneously attended to by the most unctuously helpful staff.

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