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 watery (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ adverb
wateriness \ ˈwȯ-​tə-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce watery (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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Recent Examples on the Web Yukon Golds tend to have a dense and creamy consistency that prevents them from becoming too grainy or watery when cooked. Katy Severson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make mashed potatoes," 28 Mar. 2021 The officer described him as having bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of intoxicants, according to the affidavit. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, "Bentonville firefighter charged in fight with Asian American," 26 Mar. 2021 The driver had bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred his speech. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Man arrested after failing to return boss’s car: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 6 Mar. 2021 The kind of big, sweet apples that have been bred for eating, like Red and Golden Delicious, are far too sugary and watery. New York Times, "America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style," 2 Feb. 2021 Symptoms include a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and eyes that are red and watery, according to the CDC. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Measles Infections Are Skyrocketing Because of Low Vaccination Rates," 13 Nov. 2020 Ernest showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot and watery eyes. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Charges: Fleeing driver was drinking before crash that left passenger to die on N. Minnesota road," 12 Nov. 2020 Put an inch of crafts paint in the bottom of a paper bowl, mixing in a little water so the paint is fluid but not watery. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Pumpkin Decorating Trends That Will Be Huge This Year," 16 Sep. 2020 The leading theory posits that, over many millions of years, materials from Europa’s watery depths have risen to the surface, and vice versa. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Jupiter Might Have a Glow-in-the-Dark Moon," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of watery

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

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11 Apr 2021

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“Watery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watery. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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