\ 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



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

Other Words from salty


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for salty

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Local hotspots reopen their doors and decks, ready to reunite with seasonal guests who are eager to embrace the sun, sand, and salty air. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 31 May 2022 Perhaps the sound of calling gulls or the smell of salty air also comes to mind. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 8 May 2022 Waterfront homes require more frequent maintenance than homes farther inland due to the corrosive nature of the salty air and exposure to the wind. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Sun, sea spray and salty air create the perfect environment for sailing enthusiasts but not so much for priceless works of art. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2022 Their voices vibrate with emotion in the salty air at beachside Restaurante El Pirata (the Pirate). Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 For the next five-to-nine months, the salty air coats the hanging meat. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 Like sand between your toes, the smell of salty air, and an ice-cold cocktail in your hand. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 24 Dec. 2021 This Portuguese Alvarinho — the grape known in Spain as Albariño — conjures the feeling of the Atlantic coast and its cool, salty air. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of salty


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


1912, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Salty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for salty


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

Kids Definition of salty

: of, tasting of, or containing salt salty food


\ 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 salty (audio) \ noun

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