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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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
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
Water had to be hauled for miles, and it was muddy and salty, at that.The Prairie Wife|Arthur Stringer
The fishermen themselves appear less picturesque and salty than they used to do.A Poor Man's House|Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Font (F2) states that after having passed a "salty lagoon" (north of Irvington) they crossed five arroyos.
For a minute Betty looked blank, while Dotty consolingly remarked that the bacon would be salty enough anyhow.Betty Lee, Sophomore|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As soon as she had shed them she was sorry, for it is not very comfortable to cry wet, watery, salty tears in freezing weather.The Curlytops Snowed In|Howard R. Garis