teary

[ teer-ee ]
/ ˈtɪər i /

adjective, tear·i·er, tear·i·est.

of or like tears.

Origin of teary

First recorded in 1325–75, teary is from the Middle English word tery. See tear1, -y1
Related formstear·i·ly, adverbtear·i·ness, noun
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teary

/ (ˈtɪərɪ) /

adjective tearier or teariest

characterized by, covered with, or secreting tears
given to weeping; tearful
Derived Formstearily, adverbteariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for teary

teary


adj.

late 14c., from tear (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Tearily; teariness.

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