From Latin olēre (with a later change in a conjugation), from an earlier form olō, from Proto-Italic *odō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed- (to smell). Doublet of aulire.


  • IPA(key): /oˈ
  • Rhymes: -ire
  • Hyphenation: o‧lì‧re


  This Italian verb needs to be reviewed and cleaned up.
The definition(s) may be wrong or misleading, and important senses may be missing. The specified auxiliary may also be wrong. The remainder of the conjugation is probably correct for -are verbs but may be wrong in some particulars for -ire verbs (especially the present participle).

olìre (first-person singular present olìsco, first-person singular past historic olìi, no past participle) (obsolete, poetic)

  1. to smell sweetly
    Synonyms: (literary) olezzare, profumare
  2. (figurative) to be redolent (of)
    Era il nostro parlare negli antichi tempi rozzo e grosso e materiale, e molto piú oliva di contado che di città.
    Our speech was rough, coarse and uncouth in the old times, and was far more redolent of the countryside than of the city.


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