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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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said symptoms include nausea, cramps and watery diarrhea that can last up to three weeks and lead to serious malnutrition and dehydration. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Don’t be paranoid, but you possibly could get sick from poop parasites in the pool," 3 July 2019 Crypto can have serious health consequences, most caused by profuse, watery diarrhea that can last up to three weeks. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Crypto: Parasite in pools making people sick, CDC wants," 1 July 2019 The germ spreads via the fecal-oral route and causes explosive, watery diarrhea that can last for up to three weeks. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hard-to-kill poop parasites that lurk in swimming pools on the rise, CDC warns," 1 July 2019 These infections — known as STEC — cause severe abdominal cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea and vomiting with or without a fever. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Animal exhibits closed at fair following E.coli death of 2-year-old boy," 29 June 2019 The crypto parasite causes cryptosporidiosis, a watery diarrhea that can persist for up to three weeks. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Diarrhea-Causing Illness from Swimming Pools — Known as 'Crypto' — Is on the Rise, CDC Says," 28 June 2019 Runny noses and watery eyes will plague Texans, and while some complain, others are curious about the cause. 4. Dallas News, "Best places to drink tequila in Dallas, Irving's gondola rides and more from Curious Texas this week," 28 June 2019 In any case, food poisoning can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, watery or bloody diarrhea, and a fever. 2. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 Their ability to move along the sea floor allows drones to explore the watery depths in ways and places that are impossible for human divers. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "This engineer works on ocean drones that are ‘straight out of a Tom Clancy novel’," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of watery

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

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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


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


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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