\ 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.

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Democrats are prepared for the long haul — even Gillum, who gave a teary concession speech on election night. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Florida’s high-stakes recounts for governor and Senate, explained," 15 Nov. 2018 His mom describes getting teary-eyed seeing how much his life has changed. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "CAOS" Star Gavin Leatherwood," 12 Apr. 2019 Justice Alito’s confirmation was more contentious than Chief Justice Roberts’, and his wife became teary during a tense moment in the hearings. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "The Often-Rocky Climb to the Supreme Court," 26 Sep. 2018 Here’s what followed the controversial match: the crowd booed, a confused, teary-eyed Naomi accepted her trophy, and Serena soon after stepped in to shut down haters while offering words of encouragement to Naomi on her monumental win. Harleen Sidhu, Teen Vogue, "10 Celebrities on How Serena Williams Inspires Them," 12 Dec. 2018 Many still grow teary-eyed on those occasions when the rival governments allow select groups of aging citizens to meet relatives from the other side after decades of separation. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Olympic Dreams of a United Korea? Many in South Say, ‘No, Thanks’," 28 Jan. 2018 The Internet was sent into an investigative frenzy after Bieber was spotted teary-eyed and dramatically hanging his head in his hands during a bike ride with his recently betrothed, model Hailey Baldwin, in New York on Tuesday. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Now We Know Why Justin Bieber Was Crying in Public," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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