\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


pert, piquant, poignant, pungent, savory (also savoury), zesty, zingy


insipid, zestless

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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 Turkey Point cooling canals cover nearly 6,000 areas and have become too salty over the years, creating a massive underground saltwater plume the utility is now trying to clean up. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Could putting treated sewage in FPL nuclear canals pollute Biscayne Bay? Critics say yes | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 Brazilian cook Djana Venolia will share her Amazonian approach to cooking healthy, flavorful foods, ranging from cheese bread and chicken pot pie to sweet and salty pizza and crepes and brownies. Linda Mcintosh,, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award news," 14 July 2018 Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement. Khaled Kazziha,, "7 endangered rhinos dead in Kenya relocation bid," 13 July 2018 Yet spirituality acts as a subtle key ingredient both in his salty-sweet hits and in his overstuffed albums. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 But the saltier water, samples from places including the Mississippi, Hudson, and Potomac rivers, isn't getting this way on its own. National Geographic, "North America's Waterways are Getting Saltier. That's a Big Problem.," 9 Jan. 2018 Still, some of her followers remained confused and started getting salty with her, so Kylie tweeted again. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Uh-Oh, An App Maker Just Picked a Fight With Kylie Jenner for Publicity – And She's NOT Having It," 2 Dec. 2016 Various times, various locations Fri 7/13-Sun 7/15: After 139 years, Pirates of Penzance is still a satisfying combination of sweet and salty. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This / Music / Film George Clinton and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend," 13 July 2018 Tortilla and tostada chips was the second most popular salty snack with $5.2 billion in sales. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B snack plant to rise in northwest Houston," 8 June 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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