adjective, salt·i·er, salt·i·est.
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OTHER WORDS FROM saltysalt·i·ly, adverbsalt·i·ness, nouno·ver·salt·y, adjectiveun·salt·y, adjective
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does salty mean?
Where does salty come from?
The term salty has a long history of slang meanings, probably because of its association with sailors. In the 1860s, salty was a synonym for “racy” or “vulgar,” also a likely connection to (the popular reputation of) sailors.
By the 1920s–30s, salty is recorded in Black English as jump salty, meaning to become suddenly angry. The phrase jump salty stuck around well into the 1960s.
Owing in part to the influence of Black English on popular culture, salty has spread in the mainstream vernacular as a slang term for “bitter” and “upset,” e.g., He was salty I didn’t invite him to the party.
How is salty used in real life?
People who use the slang version of salty often use it to describe someone who is bitter or reacting sourly (emotions love taste metaphors) to something that made them upset—say, losing in a video game. And speaking of losing, slang terms or expressions that have a similar sense to salty include sore loser and butthurt.
Meghan McCain is just salty about Obama because somewhere in a closet she has a "first daughter" tiara that because of him she never got to wear it in public https://t.co/Bjv8kB0CtV
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 19, 2020
Don’t be salty with the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do
— 7 STREAMS OF INCOME (@aveclassse) May 12, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for salty
The water molecules would be too few and far between for astronauts to use, and the extremely salty soil would poison life as we know it.Mars’s mascara-like streaks may be caused by slush and landslides|Charlie Wood|February 3, 2021|Popular Science
The result was at once sweet, spicy, crunchy and salty, and felt more like a main dish than a side.Homemade condiments, dressings and toppings are a pathway to fast, flavorful cooking|Todd Kliman|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
After a couple of weeks without any added salt, you will notice how salty your food has been.Americans can’t cut back on salt. One likely reason: Packaged and prepared foods are filled with it.|Marlene Cimons|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
Their radicalization was right before our eyes, on social media and television, on bar stools and at our Thanksgiving tables, masquerading as politics and salty humor in memes, stickers and T-shirts.All this security in D.C. to thwart terrorism, yet the threat came from within|Petula Dvorak|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Even though there was a ban on liquor, hundreds of taverns across the city covertly distributed alcohol and served free square, thin, salty bite-size slices of pizza to keep the guests drinking.If You Think Deep Dish Is Chicago’s True Pizza, Think Again|Joshua Eferighe|December 11, 2020|Ozy
But what about the screams, the salty puddles, and big empty packages of frozen fish lying on the ground outside the fence?Activists: Moscow Sea Park Is ‘Torturing’ Its Orca Whales|Anna Nemtsova|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The wind blew dry, salty air from the former seabed far to the south and east.
By the late 1990s the sea level dropped by 16 meters, leaving fishing boats and ships resting on the sandy and salty bottom.
The buttery, nutty, and sweet and salty all work together to form a balance of flavors.
The chicken, fried in impeccably fresh peanut oil, is enveloped in a salty skin that peels away in bacon-rich strips.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken|Jane & Michael Stern|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We cross over the bridges that span salty channels, oozy and redolent of ocean and sea-weed during the hours of ebb.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
In mine and field and factory they had tasted the salty flavor of real things, and they built a school that has this flavor.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
And how indispensable are the clear mountain streams to the sea, in pouring fresh water into its salty heart.The United Seas|Robert W. Rogers
All these animals came to it in great numbers, and drank the waters, and ate great wads of the salty mud.Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park|James Willard Schultz
Very salty meats, or those much dried in smoking should be soaked overnight in cold water before boiling.The New Dr. Price Cookbook|Anonymous