\ ˈtir-ē How to pronounce teary (audio) \
tearier; teariest

Definition of teary

1a : wet or stained with tears : tearful teary eyes
b : consisting of tears or drops resembling tears
2 : causing tears : pathetic a teary story

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Examples of teary in a Sentence

There were many teary eyes among those in the audience. He made a teary farewell to the fans.
Recent Examples on the Web While the nearly four-hour event could be seen as something of an endurance test, the open bar and starry company made for an engaging evening of entertainment to help kick off a month of non-stop awards shows, red carpets, and teary-eyed speeches. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Basically Everyone (Uma, Quentin, Brad, Timothée) Was at the National Board of Review Awards," 9 Jan. 2020 Seeing two loving parents senselessly ripped from their kids’ lives will leave you teary-eyed, maybe even angry by episode’s end. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Wednesday: Party of Five returns on Freeform with new immigration twist," 8 Jan. 2020 And cue the testimonial videos of Full Focusers, teary-eyed with gratitude, recounting their conversion. Air Force officers. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "My New Year’s resolution to be more organized turned into a methodical nightmare," 1 Jan. 2020 Randy Garcia, 12, was still teary and nervous one day after his parents were taken away by US immigration authorities. Ray Sanchez, Natasha Chen And Maria Cartaya, CNN, "Mississippi immigration raids thrust kids into adult roles. They're still children," 9 Aug. 2019 Her selflessness left a mark: Those who lost touch with Megan years ago grew teary recounting their memories of her. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "When the Dayton shooter killed his sister, he cut short a life full of promise, friends say," 6 Aug. 2019 Officially, the end came Friday evening, among teary supporters and stern-faced staff, at the bottom of a damp riverside hill. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "The End of Betomania," 2 Nov. 2019 For Renée, the face of a teary Virgin from a Flemish Renaissance workshop. BostonGlobe.com, "SIMON DINNERSTEIN: THE FULBRIGHT TRIPTYCH," 31 Oct. 2019 The songs are weaved with clips of inmates dancing and cheering, and others of them getting teary-eyed. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Kanye West Delivers Emotional Performance for Houston Inmates," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of teary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Teary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teary. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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: filled with tears or happening with tears

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