Definition of watery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwôdərē/
Pronunciation: /ˈwädərē/


1Consisting of, containing, or resembling water: a watery fluid
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  • He had to be guided through these uncharted, watery jungles.
  • The lymph fluid originates from the interstitial fluid, the watery environment that surrounds the cells of our bodies.
  • Saliva is a watery fluid that helps to wash away and neutralise the acid.
liquid, fluid, aqueous
technical hydrous
wet, damp, moist, sodden, soggy, squelchy, slushy, soft;
saturated, waterlogged;
1.1Thin or tasteless as a result of containing too much water: watery coffee
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  • Their blueberry sauce managed to be thick but watery and tasteless at the same time.
  • Another potential problem is thin, watery paint that runs under the leaf, obscuring its shape.
  • It was a thin meal, a watery gruel tossed into a large pot which each slave was allowed to take five handfuls from.
1.2Weak; pale: watery sunshine
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  • The light is weak and watery and the air reeks of woodsmoke, but at least it is not raining, a blessing to those who must spend a long, laborious day harvesting olives ahead of the inevitable frost.
  • Anyway, his performance is pretty watery and weak and blah.
  • With a sigh of relief she had watched the steel grey clouds roll away and watery sunshine glimmer through.
pale, wan, faint, weak, feeble
informal wishy-washy, washy
1.3(Of a person’s eyes) full of or running with tears.
Example sentences
  • He could tell that I was shocked because my eyes were watery.
  • She had really been crying in her sleep, she guessed, since her eyes were very watery, and her cheeks felt tight from the dried salty tears.
  • Brett searched her watery eyes and his heart broke for her.
tearful, teary, weepy, moist, rheumy
formal lachrymose



Pronunciation: /ˈwôdərēnis/ Pronunciation: /ˈwädərēnis/
Example sentences
  • Other than the wateriness, it was really quite good, if a bit too spicy for my tastes.
  • It has all the flavor of a bell pepper packed into a wall with one half the thickness, and none of the wateriness to chew your way through.
  • Milking staff should look for clots, strings, wateriness or discolouration of milk.


Old English wæterig (see water, -y1).

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Syllabification: wa·ter·y

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