- 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 saltiness
But if it loses its saltiness and becomes tasteless, is there any way to make it good salt again?Hurlbut's Life of Christ For Young and Old
Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Salt water is heavier than fresh water, hence the amount of saltiness of water may be known from its density or weight.
Mitaslup na ang kaparat sa isdà, The saltiness has penetrated deep into the flesh of the fish.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
He lay and smelled gunpowder mingling with the saltiness of the bay and the evening incense of the earth.The Lady of Fort St. John
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Hence its saltiness and great specific gravity, a man floating in it—it is said—very readily.Across America
James F. Rusling
- of, tasting of, or containing salt
- (esp of humour) sharp; piquant
- relating to life at sea
Word Origin and History for saltiness
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.