- comparative of salty.
- tasting of or containing salt; saline.
- piquant; sharp; witty.
- racy or coarse: salty humor.
- of the sea, sailing, or life at sea.
Origin of salty
Examples from the Web for saltier
The bend, the cross and saltier, are sometimes formed of this fur.
On the keystone of the gate are two tilting lances in saltier, to which a shield and helmet are suspended.The Dance of Death
The fresh water stream merges into brackish estuary, estuary into saltier inlet and inlet into briny ocean.Influences of Geographic Environment
Ellen Churchill Semple
The saltire or saltier (Fig. 184) is more frequently to be met with in Scottish than in English heraldry.A Complete Guide to Heraldry
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
Gules, a saltier vaire, between twelve billets or (Champernowne).The Strife of the Roses and Days of the Tudors in the West
William Henry Hamilton Rogers
- of, tasting of, or containing salt
- (esp of humour) sharp; piquant
- relating to life at sea
Word Origin and History for saltier
mid-15c., "tasting of salt, impregnated with salt," from salt (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "racy" is from 1866, from salt in the sense of "that which gives life or pungency" (1570s, originally of words or wit). Meaning "racy, sexy" is from 1866. U.S. slang sense of "angry, irritated" is first attested 1938 (probably from similar use with regard to sailors, "tough, aggressive," attested by 1920), especially in phrase jump salty "to unexpectedly become enraged." Related: Saltily.