Share this entry
salty Line breaks: salty
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːlti/

Definition of salty in English:

adjective (saltier, saltiest)

1Tasting of, containing, or preserved with salt: the bacon will be quite salty a faint breeze wafted a salty tang off the sea
More example sentences
  • Don't worry about the sea salt making it too salty; the skin protects the fish well against this.
  • To leach salts from the salty soils, water plants' root zones slowly and deeply at least once a year.
  • Soft water, on the other hand, may taste salty because sodium salts are often used to rid the hard water of minerals.
salt, salted, saline, briny, brackish;
piquant, tangy;
2(Of language or humour) down-to-earth; coarse: her wild ways and salty language shocked the local gentry
More example sentences
  • Gosh, it sure looks to me as if old Fred's only using some salty language to say the same thing the rest of these guys are saying.
  • Governor Bush was not the first politician to use salty language to describe a reporter.
  • Already, comments from John Henry about profanity on the site have prompted moderators to crack down on the salty language.
lively, vigorous, spirited, colourful, sparkling;
zesty, zestful, spicy, sharp;
racy, piquant, pungent, tangy, biting
informal punchy
3 informal Tough or aggressive: a salty campaign strategist
More example sentences
  • An avid fisherman, hunter, outdoorsman and adventurer, Hendryx was a 'salty' character who based much of his writing on his experiences as a cowboy and as a prospector at the tail end of the Alaskan Gold Rush.
  • If rip-roaring eighteenth century epics are your thing, you will probably love this book, stuffed as it is with salty character and fulsome event.


Example sentences
  • On that level, Mark Catley's 90-minute play offers a vivid, saltily written picture of life in the deprived south-Leeds area of Beeston.
  • When I went to bed that night I cried myself to sleep with my fingers in my mouth, jiggling all my teeth desperately, tears running saltily into my open mouth.
  • "Go lay down someplace Rathskeller," she said saltily to the speaker.
Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːltɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • A ‘flan’ of braised short ribs had a musky, barbecue taste, but I was overwhelmed by its saltiness after a bite or two.
  • The coarse texture and mild flavour of the beans contrasted nicely with the saltiness of the smoked ham and the richness of the sausage.
  • For instance, a little sourness from lime or lemon juice in a stir-fry will emphasise saltiness and reduce the amount of salt required.

Words that rhyme with salty

balti, faulty
Definition of salty in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources