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

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 As the scene unspools, with her slow witnessing of unfriendly white faces and her teary desire to kill them all, a thick, rattling bass line co-mingled with the dense thud of native drums and low grumbling brass as Robertson’s response to Scorsese’s request. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 16 Jan. 2024 Moore boldly exposed her pubic hair in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, but this angry, teary characterization reveals nothing. Armond White, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 Some actors get teary by staring into stage lights or holding their breath. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 More than 1,000 wishes from Las Vegas high schoolers living in a low-income area were granted after teacher Cheri Guy made a teary plea on TikTok to the social media community to help make their requests a reality. Susan Young, Peoplemag, 24 Dec. 2023 All of that sort of counters Moore’s teary eyed description of his boss after the Penn State game. Terence Moore, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Kardashian tagged her husband in the clip, and added a teary eyed emoji. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 Megan Rapinoe gave a teary goodbye to international soccer. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023 After the verdict was read by Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips and the jury had exited the courtroom, Mackenzie’s father and grandmother got teary hugs from their attorneys. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of teary was in the 14th century

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“Teary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teary. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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