\ 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 Both include crucial dads — a strict patriarch in one, a near-saintly paterfamilias in the other — as well as teary deathbed reconciliations between sons and dying, estranged fathers. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Men Are in Trouble and Hollywood Wants to Help," 20 Dec. 2019 Thursday was the first time Davis saw the now-famous viral photo of her son Devonte giving a Portland police officer a teary hug. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Devonte Hart's biological mom: They gave my kids 'to monsters'," 13 Apr. 2018 When Lacob told him the news, Toscano-Anderson, teary-eyed, embraced his girlfriend at their Santa Cruz hotel room. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How Warriors’ Juan Toscano-Anderson became the Stephen Curry of Mexico," 19 Feb. 2020 But Sunday’s news left me teary-eyed and inconsolable. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kobe Bryant left indelible mark, fueled my basketball passion -- Chris Fedor," 27 Jan. 2020 Drew, Jonathan, J.D. and Annalee were all teary-eyed and emotional about the forever home that was once a bachelor pad. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Property Brothers: Forever Home," 11 July 2019 While the nearly four-hour event could be seen as something of an endurance test, the open bar and starry company made for an engaging evening of entertainment to help kick off a month of non-stop awards shows, red carpets, and teary-eyed speeches. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Basically Everyone (Uma, Quentin, Brad, Timothée) Was at the National Board of Review Awards," 9 Jan. 2020 Seeing two loving parents senselessly ripped from their kids’ lives will leave you teary-eyed, maybe even angry by episode’s end. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Wednesday: Party of Five returns on Freeform with new immigration twist," 8 Jan. 2020 And cue the testimonial videos of Full Focusers, teary-eyed with gratitude, recounting their conversion. Air Force officers. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "My New Year’s resolution to be more organized turned into a methodical nightmare," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of teary

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

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12 Mar 2020

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“Teary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teary. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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: filled with tears or happening with tears

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