[ waw-tuh-ree, wot-uh- ]
/ ˈwɔ tə ri, ˈwɒt ə- /


Origin of watery

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wæterig. See water, -y1

Related forms

wa·ter·i·ly, adverbwa·ter·i·ness, nounun·wa·ter·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for watery


/ (ˈwɔːtərɪ) /


relating to, consisting of, containing, or resembling water
discharging or secreting water or a water-like fluida watery wound
tearful; weepy
insipid, thin, or weak

Derived Forms

wateriness, noun
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Medicine definitions for watery


[ wôtə-rē ]


Filled with, consisting of, or soaked with water; wet or soggy.
Secreting or discharging water or watery fluid, especially as a symptom of disease.
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