salty

adjective
\ ˈsȯl-tē How to pronounce salty (audio) \
saltier; saltiest

Definition of salty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, seasoned with, or containing salt salty foods
b : being, inducing, or marked by the one of the five basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter entry 1 sense 1a, sour entry 1 sense 1, sweet entry 1 sense 1, umami entry 2
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

salty

noun

Definition of salty (Entry 2 of 2)

: the taste sensation that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter entry 2 sense 1b, sour entry 2 sense 1b, sweet entry 3 sense 2, umami entry 1

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Other Words from salty

Adjective

saltily \ ˈsȯl-​tə-​lē How to pronounce saltily (audio) \ adverb
saltiness \ ˈsȯl-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce saltiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for salty

Synonyms: Adjective

brackish, briny, saline, salt

Antonyms: Adjective

nonsaline

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Examples of salty in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Taste, and add more salt and pepper if needed (keeping in mind that the tortilla chips are also salty). Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "For lazy summer days, this corn, tomato and tortilla-chip salad does all the work for you," 7 July 2019 The Dead Sea is nearly 10 times as salty as average ocean water. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "How a photographer captured this bizarre salt island in the Dead Sea," 17 June 2019 Taste and season with salt, keeping in mind that the potatoes are salty. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: A hearty Father’s Day menu, starring steak," 12 June 2019 Our skin can be salty, especially in the summer or after exercising, and the cat simply likes the taste of salt. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "What’s in my hand lotion that appeals to this Oakland cat?," 21 June 2019 Describing its flavor as like lemon Pledge or poppyseed dressing, tasters complained that this ranch was too salty, cloyingly sweet and acidic. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Who makes the best ranch dressing? We tried 14 brands to find the tastiest one for veggies, pizza and much more," 17 June 2019 That’s made the protected arm of the Gulf of Mexico much less salty than usual, and could harm shrimp production. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 The adjectives that loop around these titles are often simply descriptors of summer-ness: airy, buoyant, salty, sunny, breezy. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Invention of the “Beach Read”," 14 June 2019 Plus, back on Earth, scientists were learning more about the badass microbes that live in hot, cold, acidic, basic, salty, radioactive, and just generally unpleasant spots. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of salty

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1912, in the meaning defined above

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

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salty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of salty

: containing salt or too much salt
US, old-fashioned : somewhat rude or shocking

salty

adjective
\ ˈsȯl-tē How to pronounce salty (audio) \
saltier; saltiest

Kids Definition of salty

: of, tasting of, or containing salt salty food

salty

adjective
\ ˈsȯl-tē How to pronounce salty (audio) \
saltier; saltiest

Medical Definition of salty

: of, seasoned with, or containing salt

Other Words from salty

saltiness \ -​tē-​nəs How to pronounce saltiness (audio) \ noun

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