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 The Republic of Venice dominated the Mediterranean as far as Cyprus -- in fact, every September 5 to this day, Venice celebrates the moment queen Caterina Cornaro handed over the island to the Venetians with a watery parade down the Grand Canal. Julia Buckley, CNN, "The mini Venices around Europe," 20 Apr. 2021 Billions of years ago when the solar system formed, scientists believe that Mars and Earth were similar: watery, terrestrial planets with atmospheres. New York Times, "How to Imagine an Unfamiliar Place," 20 Apr. 2021 Allergy symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes — symptoms different than those of COVID-19. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "It's not just you: Allergy season is worse this year," 20 Apr. 2021 There’s watercress growing in the watery ditch between road and field and soon parents and children are shoeless in the mud, collecting the plants. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Illustration from Brian Floca’s ‘Keeping the City Going.’," 16 Apr. 2021 But the fish Sweitz saw were not the white suckers, greater redhorse, steelhead (rainbow trout) or northern pike that more commonly travel the watery highway this time of year. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Return of Milwaukee River sturgeon a hopeful milestone," 11 Apr. 2021 According to Healthline, people with seasonal allergies can get runny noses, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, skin irritation, rashes and other symptoms. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, "Which laundry detergent is best for seasonal allergies?," 10 Apr. 2021 Varela had bloodshot, watery eyes, and was unable to complete a field sobriety test, according to the documents. Peiyu Lin, The Arizona Republic, "Man found passed out in truck with 5-year-old boy in passenger seat in Peoria," 9 Apr. 2021 Now, the excitement of loosening restrictions glimmers like watery sunlight through a choking thicket of fear. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "My Reopening Anxiety Is Real, But Here's How I'm Handling It," 6 Apr. 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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23 Apr 2021

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“Watery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watery. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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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