One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of the nature of or resembling fat; oily or greasy.
sycophantic, ingratiating, obsequious, fawning, servile, self-abasing, grovelling, subservient, wheedling, cajoling, crawling, cringing, uriah heepish, humble, toadying, hypocritical, insincere, flattering, adulatory, honey-tongued, silver-tongued, gushing, effusive, suave, urbane, glib, smooth, smooth-tongued, smooth-spoken, smooth-talking, slick, slippery, saccharineView synonyms
- ‘His car was splattered with some sort of pinguid substance, and washing it only seemed to spread the mess.’
- ‘If you have the time and the budget then this is palate paradise even though you feel decidedly pinguid (fat) by the end of it.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin pinguis ‘fat’ + -id.
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