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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Recent Examples on the Web Itchy or watery eyes and sneezing tend to be a tell-tale sign of autumn allergies. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, "Do I Have Autumn Allergies Or COVID-19?," 17 Sep. 2020 The 1,475-ton, 307-foot long Grenadier was scuttled by its crew after bombs from a Japanese plane almost sent them to a watery grave. CBS News, "Divers think they've found the USS Grenadier, a U.S. submarine lost during WWII," 16 Sep. 2020 For extra fun, check out this underwater scope kids can make to view their new watery world, or this DIY paper sailboat. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Week two: Create a fake lake," 1 July 2020 After sinking to its watery grave on Oct. 25, 1944, the Tang was later credited with taking out 33 enemy ships, carrying out daring attacks and rescuing numerous downed airmen. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet the last survivor of a legendary World War II sub," 31 Aug. 2020 Berens is a little more cautious, noting that salting too far in advance can make dishes watery or the cucumbers rubbery. Washington Post, "How to choose, prep and use all those summer cucumbers," 28 Aug. 2020 Finally, water droplets can weigh as much as a bottle fly, Ortega-Jimenez says, which can easily drag the bug down to a watery grave. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Watch hummingbirds ‘dance’ through waterfalls," 18 Aug. 2020 Dermoids, which are cysts that can have hair, bones, teeth, or skin. Cystadenomas, which show up on the surface of the ovary and can be filled with a watery or mucus-based fluid, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Signs You're Dealing With a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 18 Aug. 2020 There are also several accounts of passing ships with crew and passengers claiming to have seen the iceberg that sent the Titanic to its watery grave. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Is This a Photo of the Iceberg That Sank the Titanic?," 24 June 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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“Watery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watery. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce watery (audio)

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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