salty

adjective
\ ˈsȯl-tē \
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 \ adverb
saltiness \ ˈsȯl-​tē-​nəs \ 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

But Momoa’s Arthur Curry, in Warner Bros.’s vision, is ruder, saltier, more physical, and more tattooed than his comic book counterpart. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 Crunchy, salty, sweet, savory, cheesy, and chocolate-covered: Popcorn can do it all. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Healthiest Way to Eat Popcorn, According to a Nutritionist," 27 Nov. 2018 Or try the asada, with slivers of beef that are charred and salty, the flavor of street food. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 Once the bruised, blood-red trail of shock and physical trauma had receded, the deep, salty, swirling waters of violation and betrayal flooded. Polo Tate, Marie Claire, "Sexual Assault in the Military: One Woman's True Story," 8 Aug. 2018 Drink enough water and minimize intake of salty foods, which can also lead to dehydration and water retention. Shannon Romanowski, SELF, "Does Preparation H Actually Help Treat Puffy Eyes?," 28 Dec. 2018 Stout is describing the setup of her latest Girl lamps—large-scale ceramic nudes that seemingly walked out of a salty claymation—which are now on view at Design Miami. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Katie Stout’s “Girl Lamps” Come to Life in a New Collaboration with the Fashion Label Phelan," 7 Dec. 2018 My favorite shop for local cheeses, including stringy majdouli and salty akkawi, is at the end of that road. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 The rest of the teams were relegated to the sidelines, though none of them seemed that salty about it. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "SpaceX’s hyperloop race was all about ‘maximum speed’ (and celebrating Elon Musk)," 28 July 2018

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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 \
saltier; saltiest

Kids Definition of salty

: of, tasting of, or containing salt salty food

salty

adjective
\ 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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