wa·tery | \ˈwȯ-tə-rē, 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, ˈwä- \ adverb
wateriness \ˈwȯ-tə-rē-nəs, 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

The first bargeload of the Tappan Zee’s remains will be carried to its watery grave this week, with about 29 bargeloads to follow through the summer and early fall. New York Times, "Old Tappan Zee Bridge Gets New Life as Artificial Reef," 29 Apr. 2018 Ragù Thoughts The key to incredible lasagna—a step up from pretty good lasagna and three steps up from mystery potluck lasagna—is a meaty sauce that's rich in flavor, and never watery. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "BA's Best Lasagna Is Our Only Winter Hobby," 7 Feb. 2018 Its symptoms, which include frequent watery diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, and fever, can last from a few days to more than a month if left untreated. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "More Than 100 People Ill From Parasite Possibly Linked to McDonald's Salads," 13 July 2018 The symptoms associated with cyclosporiasis are watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Fox News, "At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays," 10 July 2018 Seeking a watery respite from the heat, Connecticut residents streamed to the state’s beaches and parks on Sunday. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Weather Service Issues Heat Warning With Temperatures Peaking Again Sunday, Residents Packing State Parks," 2 July 2018 Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis may include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Recalled vegetable trays sold in Indiana linked to intestinal parasite," 19 June 2018 Symptoms, which begin about three to four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Susan Scutti, CNN, "197 illnesses, five deaths in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce," 1 June 2018 And several of the pockets are equipped with drain holes, so runners won’t get weighed down after going through muddy or watery obstacles. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing Ultimate Direction’s New OCR Vest," 12 July 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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Phrases Related to watery

a watery grave

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

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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, 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- \

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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