\ˈsȯl-tē \
saltier; saltiest

Definition of salty 

1 : of, seasoned with, or containing salt

2 : smacking of the sea or nautical life

3a : piquant

b : earthy, crude salty language

4 informal : feeling or showing resentment towards a person or situation : bitter I completely forgot about our date and left my girlfriend waiting at the restaurant for over an hour. Now she's all salty.— Nicole Lane They made me shave my beard and cover up my tattoos, which I was a little salty about.— Jon Niccum

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Other Words from salty

saltily \ˈsȯl-​tə-​lē \ adverb
saltiness \ˈsȯl-​tē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for salty


brackish, briny, saline, salt



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Examples of salty in a Sentence

I think the soup tastes salty. salty sea water is safe to swim in, but you really shouldn't swallow it

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The establishment also embellishes its Thanksgiving menu to include its popular Salty Honey pie, a sweet-meets-salty affair. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Dessert Chefs Reinterpret Pie Traditions, Piece by Piece," 20 Nov. 2018 Ceres also had a peak, a towering mountain that researchers think was an ice volcano, driven by salty water and mud instead of magma. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is dead," 1 Nov. 2018 Equatorial regions of the potentially life-supporting Europa, which harbors a huge ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell, are probably studded with blades of ice up to 50 feet (15 meters) tall, a new study suggests. Mike Wall,, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Since Thursday, more than 360 people have been carried to higher ground amid rising waters from a river swelled by both rain and salty storm surge. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Florence weakens to tropical depression, but flooding threat remains severe," 16 Sep. 2018 Everyone wants to know what the sea, some 9.6-times saltier than the ocean, feels like. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Dead Sea Should Be at the Top of Every Beauty Junkie's Travel List," 5 Sep. 2018 Make the most out of summer’s last hoorah with Byredo’s zebu horn comb, perfect for detangling salty lengths. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Labor Day Weekend Beauty Gifts That Capitalize on Chic," 28 Aug. 2018 Packed with a rich salty flavor, these crackers are best when paired with homemade dip, butter, and soup. Cherry Point, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Saltine Crackers," 7 Aug. 2018 Too much of this can be terrible, but used judiciously, that glaze can produce a sweet-smoky-salty combo that pleases nearly every cluster of taste buds. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of salty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of salty was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of salty

: containing salt or too much salt

: somewhat rude or shocking


\ˈsȯl-tē \
saltier; saltiest

Kids Definition of salty

: of, tasting of, or containing salt salty food


\ˈsȯl-tē \
saltier; saltiest

Medical Definition of salty 

: of, seasoned with, or containing salt

Other Words from salty

saltiness \-​tē-​nəs \ noun

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