\ 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

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 In a teary-eyed speech, Bianco thanked fellow Arizona nominee Giovanni Scorzo of Andreoli Italian Grocer and named him as one of his mentors. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2022 Val Kilmer on 'Top Gun: Maverick' teary reunion, hug with Tom Cruise. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 After six long, teary seasons, This Is Us came to a close Tuesday, following up Rebecca’s (played by Mandy Moore) death in the penultimate episode with a finale set both at her funeral and in a happy memory of the family’s past. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 Cameron was born Chloe Celeste, and her initials can be seen on the phone case in her teary selfies. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 19 May 2022 And so, the day after the shooting, with a crowd of reporters and camera crews a few streets away, Quiroz stood in the back yard, teary-eyed. Andrea Ball, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 Members of the Ukrainian Embassy also made a quiet appearance at the event and could be seen nail-biting and teary-eyed as results were announced that their country had won. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 Hanks still gets teary-eyed when reliving April 26. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 In Ramallah, hundreds of teary Palestinians pressed forward to touch, or just get close to, a figure who has become a beloved presence in living rooms across the region over the decades. Steve Hendrix, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of teary

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

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23 Jun 2022

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“Teary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teary. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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