watery

adjective

wa·​tery ˈwȯ-tə-rē How to pronounce watery (audio)
ˈwä-
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
waterily adverb
wateriness noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Watery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watery. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

watery

adjective
wa·​tery ˈwȯt-ə-rē How to pronounce watery (audio)
ˈwät-
1
a
: consisting of or filled with water
a watery hole
b
: containing or giving out water or a thin liquid
a watery mixture
watery eyes
2
: being like water especially in thinness, sogginess, paleness, or lack of taste
watery lemonade
watery soup

Medical Definition

watery

adjective
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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