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watery

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːt(ə)ri
 
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Definition of watery in English:

adjective

1Consisting of, containing, or resembling water: a watery fluid
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a person’s eyes) full of tears: as the smoke blew into her face, her eyes went red and watery
More 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.
Synonyms
1.2Thin or tasteless as a result of containing too much water: watery coffee
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.3Pale or weak, as if diluted by water: watery sunshine
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
pale, wan, thin, faint, weak, feeble, washed out, anaemic, colourless, insipid
informal wishy-washy

Origin

Old English wæterig (see water, -y1).

Derivatives

wateriness

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noun
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.

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