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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Officials drew up a set of guidelines on how to protect the new species - including releasing it back into its watery home. Fox News, "Loch Ness Monster: This is Scotland's plan if the fabled beast is caught," 10 July 2018 According to the Academy, chlorine can cause red, itchy or watery eyes and infections. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Eye protection is just as important as sunscreen in the Arizona summer," 17 May 2018 How syrupy or watery the lava is depends on the kind of rocks being melted. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Volcanoes are awe-inspiring. Here are 7 things to know about them.," 11 May 2018 Sometimes the orb pops back up, a ball of cream balanced on a whale’s watery exhale. Sharon Olds, The New Yorker, "For You," 7 May 2018 Early symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes, followed by tiny, white spots (Koplik spots) on the inside of the mouth and the red, bumpy rash that people most commonly associate with the infection. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Washington State Becomes Latest Hot Spot in Measles Outbreak," 23 Jan. 2019 Etalon Group The watery print stretches from facade to facade, like a wave rippling in crests. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Behold, Hokusai’s famous wave print stretching across six buildings," 18 Dec. 2018 The question of whether life ever existed in Mars’ wet, watery past is what keeps driving NASA back to the fourth rock from the sun. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Mars touchdown: NASA spacecraft survives supersonic plunge," 28 Nov. 2018 What & WhereThe Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s rice basket—a watery landscape of floating markets, stilt houses, Khmer-style pagodas, and rippling green paddies. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 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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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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