watery

adjective
wa·​tery | \ ˈwȯ-tə-rē How to pronounce watery (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of watery

1a : consisting of, filled with, or surrounded by water
b : 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 diarrhea
b : exhibiting weakness and vapidity : wishy-washy a watery writing style

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Other Words from watery

waterily \ ˈwȯ-​tə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce waterily (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ adverb
wateriness \ ˈwȯ-​tə-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce wateriness (audio) , 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
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Advertising Measles, which can cause fever, rash and red, watery eyes, is highly contagious and spreads quickly through the air after a cough or sneeze. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "2 more measles cases in King County, bringing total to 12 in Puget Sound outbreak," 11 July 2019 The singer quote-tweeted the Variety report with the tearful, watery-eyes emoji, and re-shared her Halloween video from 2018 for emphasis. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Melissa McCarthy Reportedly in Talks to Play Ursula in "The Little Mermaid," Lizzo Responds," 29 June 2019 As the current moves toward Antarctica, upwelling pushes cold water back to the surface, pushing the watery conveyer belt around the world. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Atlantic Ocean, explained," 18 Mar. 2019 No sneezing or watery eyes but lots of itching from contact. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'The cat is your guardian angel'," 25 Jan. 2019 Ten cases of minor allergy-like symptoms that include stuffy noses, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes have been reported, with a couple of people given congestive medication and antihistamines. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio dorm project part of Air Force’s war on mold," 1 Aug. 2019 Symptoms do not appear for three to four days after contraction and can include severe abdominal cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Ramona Sentinel, "County E. coli cases reach 10 confirmed, one probable," 12 July 2019 Vibrio bacteria can cause watery diarrhea, often accompanied by abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Tennessee man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after Destin trip," 12 July 2019 Measles symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash of red spots. Rob Picheta, CNN, "German government backs mandatory vaccinations for all schoolchildren," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of watery

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of watery was before the 12th century

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watery

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of watery

: 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

adjective
wa·​tery | \ ˈwȯ-tə-rē How to pronounce watery (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of watery

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

watery

adjective
wa·​tery | \ ˈwȯt-ə-rē, ˈwät- How to pronounce watery (audio) \

Medical Definition of watery

1 : consisting of or filled with water
2 : containing, sodden with, or yielding water or a thin liquid a watery solution watery stools

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