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  1. comparative of salty.
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[sal-teer, -tahyuh r]
  1. saltire.
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adjective, salt·i·er, salt·i·est.
  1. tasting of or containing salt; saline.
  2. piquant; sharp; witty.
  3. racy or coarse: salty humor.
  4. of the sea, sailing, or life at sea.
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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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Examples from the Web for saltier

Historical Examples

  • The bend, the cross and saltier, are sometimes formed of this fur.

    The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition


  • On the keystone of the gate are two tilting lances in saltier, to which a shield and helmet are suspended.

    The Dance of Death

    Francis Douce

  • The fresh water stream merges into brackish estuary, estuary into saltier inlet and inlet into briny ocean.

  • 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).

British Dictionary definitions for saltier


adjective saltier or saltiest
  1. of, tasting of, or containing salt
  2. (esp of humour) sharp; piquant
  3. relating to life at sea
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Derived Formssaltily, adverbsaltiness, noun
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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.

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