Definition of salty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsôltē/

adjective (saltier, saltiest)

1Tasting of, containing, or preserved with salt.
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.
1.1(Of language or humor) down-to-earth; coarse.
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.
earthy, colorful, spicy, racy, risqué, naughty, vulgar, rude;
piquant, biting
1.2 informal Tough; aggressive.
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈsôltēnis/
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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: salt·y

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