containing much or too much water: a watery paste; a watery batter.
soft, soggy, tasteless, etc., due to excessive water or overcooking: watery vegetables; a watery stew.
of the nature of water: watery vapor.
resembling water in appearance or color: eyes of a watery blue.
resembling water in fluidity and absence of viscosity: a watery fluid.
of poor or weak quality; thin, washy, or vapid: watery prose.
consisting of water: a watery grave.
discharging, filled with, or secreting a waterlike morbid substance.
- wa·ter·i·ly, adverb
- wa·ter·i·ness, noun
- un·wa·ter·y, adjective
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How to use watery in a sentence
Be aware that there is a fine line between too watery and too dry.Make your own maple syrup without harming the trees | By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life | February 7, 2021 | Popular-Science
Whey is the watery part of milk that separates during the cheese-making process.
Octopuses move through their watery world “by touching everything,” he notes.
Easter Island, its iconic statues whittled away by watery erosion.Authenticity Versus Longevity for Preservation: Which Matters More? | Nick Fouriezos | December 11, 2020 | Ozy
So devising ways to study a filmy species alive in its watery home is the way to move the science forward.Larvaceans’ underwater ‘snot palaces’ boast elaborate plumbing | Susan Milius | June 15, 2020 | Science News
He said he watched waste haulers back up to the pit and unleash torrents of watery muck.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired. | David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When multiple cases of watery diarrhea spread through one village, doctors feared it was cholera.
Many were heard coughing and seen rubbing watery, stinging red eyes.Street Battle Against Cops Again in Ferguson Despite Midnight Curfew | Justin Glawe | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It depicts an exhausted Texas oil field on scrub land, an old railroad bed and a watery ditch converging in the distance.Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius | Bill Morris | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Ring, Sadako, the protagonist had died in a well, and returns from the watery grave to haunt the living.
And its watery places shall be dry, all they shall mourn that made pools to take fishes.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
As you neared it, however, the watery veil seemed flung over them, like the foamy tulle over a bride.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
As I receded, the watery veil would disappear, and as I approached it would again take form.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
He again sank, and it was only after great exertion that the brave sailors succeeded in rescuing him from a watery grave.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Long-yen is somewhat smaller, but is also white and tender, though the taste is rather watery.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for watery
relating to, consisting of, containing, or resembling water
discharging or secreting water or a water-like fluid: a watery wound
insipid, thin, or weak
- wateriness, noun
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