Definition of watery
1a : consisting of, filled with, or surrounded by waterb : containing, sodden with, or yielding water or a thin liquid a watery solution watery vesicles
2a : resembling water or watery matter especially in thin fluidity, soggy texture, paleness, or lack of savor watery sunlight a watery soup watery diarrheab : exhibiting weakness and vapidity : wishy-washy a watery writing style
waterilyplay \ˈwȯ-tə-rə-lē, ˈwä-\ adverb
waterinessplay \ˈwȯ-tə-rē-nəs, ˈwä-\ noun
Examples of watery in a Sentence
The pollen caused her eyes to become watery.
The soup was watery and had no flavor.
the watery light of winter
Recent Examples of watery from the Web
In this part of the Gulf of Mexico, the waters are incredibly productive, but most of the seafloor is barren, a sort of watery desert.
Experts say that proper estimates of cholera cases are hard to come by in Yemen, and many cases could involve acute watery diarrhea, which has similar symptoms.
Ice is crafted from water, and water tends toward watery.
Middle Passage’ has taken place in the Mediterranean, whose deceptively calm waves became the watery graves of many a refugee braving the sea on rickety, overflowing boats operated by greedy seamen, the slave traders of yesteryear.
SHELL POINT - This watery wilderness of purple-flowered marsh is so vast, so inaccessible that few human beings see how much of it is dying.
A watery haven, there's a boat at every turn: from the local ferries that chauffeur commuters and the cruise ships crossing Scandinavia, to fishing dinghies that neighbor grand yachts.
Celtuce reminded me of celery with its watery crunch and slight spice.
In Davis’s hands, the story reads like a watery version of the history of the American West.
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First Known Use of watery
before 12th century
WATERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of watery for English Language Learners
: containing or filled with water or a similar liquid
of a liquid : very thin and similar to water in appearance, taste, etc.
: pale and seeming to have little substance
WATERY Defined for Kids
Definition of watery for Students
1 : full of or giving out liquid watery eyes
2 : containing or giving out water or a thin liquid a watery mixture
3 : like water especially in being thin, soggy, pale, or without flavor watery soup
4 : lacking in strength or determination a watery smile
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