salty

[ sawl-tee ]
/ ˈsɔl ti /

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.

Nearby words

  1. saltus,
  2. saltwater,
  3. saltwater taffy,
  4. saltworks,
  5. saltwort,
  6. salty dog,
  7. salubrious,
  8. salubrity,
  9. salud,
  10. salugi

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 saltiness

salty

/ (ˈsɔːltɪ) /

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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