\ˈtir-ē \
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.

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Then later in the day, the already-teary eyes of the soccer world turned to Barcelona to a one-of-a-kind tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Chelsea win the FA Cup, three icons say goodbye and the best of the soccer weekend," 20 May 2018 There were a lot of teary eyes throughout the night. Fox News, "Texas school's baseball team plays playoff game 36 hours after massacre," 20 May 2018 But before the Bachelor alums finally found a way to make their relationship work, for the past couple of years, the 30-year-old has enjoyed a beloved status among many fans for her numerous teary-eyed appearances on the dating franchise. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "‘This Is Worth Crying Over, Right?’ Ashley Iacnetti’s Most Iconic Weepy Bachelor Moments," 24 May 2018 Aside from a teary statement from the defendant shown on television, only summaries were made public. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "China Confirms It Transferred Ownership of Anbang Insurance to Government," 22 June 2018 South Korea won, 3-0, yet spectators were teary-eyed as the two teams shook hands and posed for pictures after the game. Seth Berkman, New York Times, "A Tricky Reunion on the Ice for North and South Korean Hockey," 17 Jan. 2018 Another American—one whose rags to riches tale makes us more than a little teary—joined the British royal family on Saturday, and this furry addition just so happens to be a Southerner. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Queen Elizabeth’s New BFF (Meghan Markle’s Beagle, Guy) Was Rescued from a Kentucky Shelter," 23 May 2018 When Shawn Mendes and Khalid took the stage for a tribute to victims of gun violence, the camera glanced over the musician Halsey, who was teary-eyed. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Demi Lovato Glaring At Taylor Swift Was Probably A BBMA Camera Trick," 21 May 2018 Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, looked on, teary-eyed, and appeared to receive comforting words from Charles outside. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "5 biggest moments from the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of teary

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

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English Language Learners Definition of teary

: filled with tears or happening with tears

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