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[teer-ee] /ˈtɪər i/
adjective, tearier, teariest.
of or like tears.
Origin of teary
First recorded in 1325-75, teary is from the Middle English word tery. See tear1, -y1
Related forms
tearily, adverb
teariness, noun Unabridged
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  • There's a name on it but my eyes are so teary I can't make it out.

    Dandelion Cottage Carroll Watson Rankin
  • The slipper landed on Jo's head and she responded by raising rather a teary face.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • And Mehitable lifted her swollen, teary face from the pillow and drank it.

  • Then Wilbur, in the disordered kitchen, put himself squarely in the way of the teary mother.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • "No; but I guess she'll suspect it, though," returned Cordelia, with a teary smile.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
British Dictionary definitions for teary


adjective tearier, teariest
characterized by, covered with, or secreting tears
given to weeping; tearful
Derived Forms
tearily, adverb
teariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for teary

late 14c., from tear (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Tearily; teariness.

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