\ 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 Ivey's teary-eyed postgame interview after his big shot for Purdue vs. Ohio State sums up how tough it's been for some freshmen this season to perform at a high level. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gophers vs. Purdue pits Richard Pitino's vets against Matt Painter's fab four," 29 Jan. 2021 This the same fan base still supports multiple subscription websites, and draws teary-eyed talk show callers who are endlessly loyal to this terrible product. Scott Kushner, NOLA.com, "Kushner: Tennessee football has more drama behind the scenes than on field," 25 Jan. 2021 Boseman snapped back into it, and the actors threw themselves into their characters’ teary rage until Wolfe yelled cut. Washington Post, "Working with Chadwick Boseman on ‘Ma Rainey’ taught Colman Domingo to treat each role like it could be your last one," 21 Dec. 2020 Treviño stayed to help the teary nurse who had been taking care of the man. Los Angeles Times, "For a nurse in the COVID unit, death is part of the day," 20 Dec. 2020 With teary eyes and a big smile, Carter thanked him. Dallas News, "Actor Matthew McConaughey recognizes South Dallas nonprofit for work during pandemic," 17 Nov. 2020 Notes have flooded in and have each been read with our own teary eyes. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""Utter and complete sadness": Chrissy Teigen opens up about losing baby in emotional essay," 28 Oct. 2020 Notes have flooded in and have each been read with our own teary eyes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Just Published a Raw, Emotional Essay About Losing Her Baby," 27 Oct. 2020 Notes have flooded in and have each been read with our own teary eyes. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Chrissy Teigen Pens Raw, Heartbreaking Account of Her Miscarriage: 'Jack Will Always Be Loved'," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of teary

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

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

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11 Feb 2021

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“Teary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teary. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of teary

: filled with tears or happening with tears

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