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 Around ten o’clock, though, the watery splatter was doubling down and de Blasio’s office called the show off for good. Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 Earlier in summer 2021, two rare sightings of a glass octopus were made during an expedition, aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor, to the watery depths off the remote Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Luna Shyr, Wired, 4 Sep. 2021 Prepare yourself to get used to it because change is coming to this watery capital, thanks to Stockholm Surfboard Club. Vogue, 2 Sep. 2021 Hugh and Thandiwe Newton play a pair of disenchanted Floridians surrounded by floodwater who pay their bills by allowing other Floridians to revisit their favorite memories in a sort of watery dream machine. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 If pan juices seem thin and watery, uncover pot completely and increase heat to high and let boil a minute or two until liquid is thickened. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 That moss mat is stratified like a forest, with little watery pockets tucked away to house an immense diversity of life. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2021 The film, Carax’s first in English, is an unabashedly anti-commercial endeavor featuring artfully staged cunnilingus, multiple watery graves and a singing baby puppet. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Dimitra Petsa’s watery clothing might have many imitators—but nothing is as good as the original. Vogue, 5 Aug. 2021

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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 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of watery

: containing or filled with water or a similar 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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