saltier

1
[sawl-tee-er]
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adjective

comparative of salty.

Nearby words

  1. salter-harris classification,
  2. saltern,
  3. saltfish,
  4. saltglaze,
  5. saltie,
  6. saltigrade,
  7. saltillo,
  8. saltimbocca,
  9. saltine,
  10. saltiness

saltier

2
[sal-teer, -tahyuh r]

noun

salty

[sawl-tee]

adjective, salt·i·er, salt·i·est.

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

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at salt1, -y1

Related formssalt·i·ly, adverbsalt·i·ness, nouno·ver·salt·y, adjectiveun·salt·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for saltier

salty

adjective saltier or saltiest

of, tasting of, or containing salt
(esp of humour) sharp; piquant
relating to life at sea
Derived Formssaltily, adverbsaltiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for saltier

salty

adj.

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.

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