salt water


water containing a large amount of salt.

Origin of salt water

before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salt water

Historical Examples of salt water

  • I rather opine we salt-water folk are too free of our hearts.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • I made a salt-water aquarium five days ago, and it is all right.

  • That flavour of salt-water which for so many of us had been the very water of life permeated our talk.


    Joseph Conrad

  • There is instead a rather childish, but amusing, game of salt-water grab-bag.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke

  • They say salt-water is easier to swim in; kind of bears you up more.

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    Eugene Wood

Word Origin and History for salt water

Old English sealtera watera. As an adjective from 1520s. Salt-water taffy attested by 1886; so called because it originally was sold at seashore resorts, especially Atlantic City, N.J. (see taffy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper