Definition of watery
1 a : consisting of, filled with, or surrounded by water b : containing, sodden with, or yielding water or a thin liquid <a watery solution> <watery vesicles>
2 a : 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>
waterilyplay \-tə-rə-lē\ adverb
waterinessplay \-tə-rē-nəs\ 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
Before 12th Century
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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